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To get certified as a lifeguard one must first complete the American Red Cross Lifeguarding classes in San Francisco. Our training is available as a traditional, in-person course totaling 25 hours and 20 minutes while our blended learning course totals 19.5 hours in person and 7.5 hours online. In order to become certified you must be 15 years of age and have passed the pre-course swimming skills test.
The American Red Cross has three courses that are featured during Lifeguard training in San Francisco: Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding (water up to 5 feet deep) and Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding (water up to 3 feet deep). A two year certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is issued upon successful completion of our training and coursework. A digital certification is available upon completion.
Accessing your digital lifeguarding certification online has never been easier. The American Red Cross lets you access your lifeguarding certification through your Red Cross account and easily print or share online. Your employers can also access your certification with ease.
Our Lifeguard Manual was created to assist you in your training while also answering all of your questions, from basic water safety to how to best respond in an emergency situation. It is available in both a digital format as well as a traditional printed version.
Lifeguarding review classes are designed to help you update your skills while renewing your certification for another two years. For those whose certification is still valid (or within 30 days of expiring), our renewal courses allow you to continue to work without a lapse in verification.
Those wish to recertify may register for the Red Cross San Francisco Lifeguard training and review course. Those who prefer blended learning courses, which combine both in-person and online learning options, may also register for a Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguarding Review course. For information on the American Red Cross lifeguarding recertification courses in your area, please use the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Find a Class Tool.