Junior Lifeguarding

Designed for kids ages 11-14, it helps build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards.

The Junior Lifeguarding course (formerly known as "GuardStart") is a key component of the Lifeguarding program. It creates a lifeguarding feeder program to help aquatics supervisors recruit the most promising Lifeguarding candidates for future employment.

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Core Concept:

Junior Lifeguarding has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED. Participants also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation to get a real sense of being on the job.

Junior Lifeguarding Is Easy to Teach:

To make the course easy for aquatics facilities to implement, Junior Lifeguarding can be taught by any experienced lifeguard with oversight by a Red Cross-certified Lifeguarding Instructor or Water Safety Instructor. The course is about 30 hours long and includes 15 lessons of 2 hours each, plus a 45-minute precourse session. A robust Leader's Guide provides detailed lesson plans and is available in a free digital download or affordable print format.

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