Lifeguard Preparation

Learn how to become a lifeguard with the American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification program. Through our training you will learn all of the skills needed to become a professional lifeguard. From First Aid and CPR/AED training to rescue and teamwork skills, the Red Cross has designed a lifeguarding course that effectively combines both written testing skills and comprehension along with valuable hands-on training.

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Becoming a Lifeguard

There are two important elements prior to becoming a lifeguard. The American Red Cross requires that you must be at least 15 years old and pass course specific swimming requirements prior to starting training.

Courses and Preparation / Ways to Learn:

Training Options

There are three main training options to choose from when preparing to become a lifeguard: Training options feature three core courses which can be customized with a variety of optional add-on modules:

A 2 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.

Materials:The American Red Cross offers the following materials to assist you in getting properly trained and certified while in preparation to becoming a lifeguard:

For over 100 years, the American Red Cross has taught life-saving techniques and valuable skills in the event of an emergency. From helping to prevent injury and drowning to teaching water safety and the signs to look for in an emergency, the America Red Cross is the industry leader for training and certification of this kind. Our training options are available in varied formats in order to best suite your learning style.

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