The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course is to teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. This course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.

Your are not allowed to miss one day of the training. If you miss any of the CPR portions of the training, you will be required to pay an additional cost to attend another class at the American Red Cross to complete your Lifeguard Training. You will not be given a refund for the CPR section of the class.

In this course, you will learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. You will also learn a number of life-guarding techniques, such as how to use surveillance techniques, how to use rescue equipment to help rescue a distress swimmer, an active drowning victim, and a passive drowning victim; and how to manage a suspected spinal injury victim.

Theses practices require strenuous activity. If you have a medical condition or disability that might prevent you  from taking part in the practice sessions, or if you have an questions at all about your ability to participant fully in the Lifeguard Training course, you should discuss it with the Community Center's Aquatic Supervisor and the appropriate person at your local Red Cross Chapter before you start the course.

Course Prerequisites

To be eligible for the Lifeguard Training course, the candidate must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled session of this course. The candidate must also successfully complete the following swimming prerequisites:

  • 1. Swim 300 yards continuously using these strokes in the following order:
  •   100 yards front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing kick
  • 100 yards of breaststroke
  •   100 yards of either crawl or breaststroke
  • 2. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point.
  • 3. Candidate must tread water for 10 minutes as well as treading with a 10-pound object using only their legs with their face above water for approximately 1 minute.

Upon successful completion of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course, you will receive an American Red Cross Training certificate. The Lifeguard Training certificate, which includes First Aid skills, is valid for 2 years. Along with the Lifeguard Training certificate, you will also receive a certificate in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and AED with are both valid for 2 years.

Carrie Smith
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer
Eufaula Community Center Aquatics Supervisor

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Lifeguard Training Course Recert 2018 - REGISTER HERE
Recertification for Lifeguard and CPR
Cost: Staff $27 Non-Staff $82
For questions contact Carrie Smith at 334-687-1246 or email at