Lifeguard Certification Class

Lifeguard Certification Class

The field house offers a lifeguard course as approved by the American Red Cross and as a physical education course. Claremont Consortium students can register through the academic portal.

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 care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can 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-pound weight from seven feet, and then swim 20 yards with the weight using legs only; and tread water for two minutes without the use of arms.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue 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
For more information, contact Deb Gisvold at (909) 607-8810.