• GuardStart
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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.

    GuardStart focuses on five key areas:

  • Prevention of aquatic accidents
  • Fitness and swimming skills
  • Response in an emergency
  • Leadership skills
  • Professionalism as a lifeguard


Ability to swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side. Ability to tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs. Ability to submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.