Designed for kids ages 11-14, it helps build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Back to Main Menu
Get StartedThe 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.
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.
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.
Current Red Cross instructors
To get started teaching this program, visit the Junior Lifeguarding Program Page on Instructor's Corner. (Login to Instructor's Corner is required)