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The American Red Cross has partnered with external companies and agencies to provide high-caliber aquatics classes to the public. These classes are not offered by the American Red Cross unless specifically noted.

Lifeguarding and Swimming

Swim lessons (Learn-to-Swim)

The American Red Cross offers a number of courses in which the objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water. Our Learn-to-Swim programs are the most comprehensive and effective programs of their kind available anywhere.

Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructor Training

Are you 16 years old and a proficient swimmer? This approximately 30-hour course will help you teach skills that may save a life, gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional, earn money or join a volunteer team while you help people learn valuable skills.


Lifeguarding (lifeguard training, review/recertification)

Are you 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or a challenging career? American Red Cross Lifeguarding is the best place to start! Lifeguarding puts you in an exciting position, working as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water.


GuardStart (junior lifeguarding)

Designed for youth ages 11 to 14, American Red Cross GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow™ provides a foundation of lifeguarding and life skills. For youth with swimming skills, this program makes an ideal transition between Red Cross Learn-to-Swim and the Lifeguard Training Course.

Water Safety Instructor

Lifeguarding Instructor

The training prepares instructor candidates by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials and methods, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress.

Waterfront Lifeguard

Waterfront Lifeguarding

Learn how you can become a Waterfront Lifeguarding Instructor and sign-up for the Waterfront Lifeguard Bridge Training.

lifeguard waterpark

Waterpark Lifeguarding Instructor

Learn the skills needed to make you a certified Waterpark Lifeguarding Instructor.

Water Safety Training Classes

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

Are you a swim coach? Get the safety training necessary to be prepared when the time comes.

Basic Water Rescue

Basic Water Rescue

Learn basic water rescue skills to ensure you're prepared and can help in a time of emergency.

Water Safety Today

Water Safety Today (community water safety)

Designed to help increase safety wherever and whenever water sports are enjoyed, American Red Cross Water Safety Today teaches easy-to-remember safety tips for pools, spas, water parks, lakes, rivers, oceans and more.



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