Lifeguard Certification Course

Looking for a way to earn part-time income?  Become an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard and apply to work for the Tiernan Field House!

The Field House offers a Lifeguard Course as an approved by American Red Cross and as Physical Education course.  Students can register through the academic portal by selecting course PE 068.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional level of care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services  (EMS) personnel take over.

Learning Objectives:

Explain patron surveillance techniques for facilities with special attractions.
Explain and demonstrate lifeguard rotations.
Demonstrate how to perform effective surveillance including scanning, victim recognition and
lifeguard rotations.
Explain patron surveillance techniques for organized groups.
Explain the purpose and general procedures of an emergency action plan (EAP).
Demonstrate how to safely and effectively assist a distressed swimmer, rescue an active and passive
victim and rescue multiple victims.
Demonstrate how to safely and effectively rescue a submerged victim in shallow or deep water.
Demonstrate how to safely and effectively perform a two person removal of a victim from the water
using a backboard.

Lifeguard Candidates must be able to swim 300 yards (12 lengths of a 25 yard pool) without stopping, using the front crawl; retrieve a 10 lb weight from 7 feet, then swim 20 yards with the weight using legs only; and tread water for 2 minutes without the use of your arms.

Next class offering TBD! 

Certification Requirements

Attend and participate in all class sessions.
Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
Demonstrate competency in all required finalrescue skill scenarios.
Pass both the Section CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and
Section Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED: 2 years

Participant Products/Materials(available in ebook and print formats)
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual

For more information on the ARC Lifeguard Certification Course, contact Deb Gisvold at (909) 607-8810.