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Lifeguard Recertification

Lifeguard Recertification

American Red Cross Lifeguard ReviewLifeguard Recertification

This lifeguard recertification option is for currently certified lifeguards to review skills include water rescues, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and first aid. The course incorporates a blended learning format with online training sessions, classroom skills and water rescue activities.

Red Cross Recertification Policy
The Red Cross allows currently certified Lifeguards and those who have expired by no more than 30 days to recertify. If your certification has expired by more than 30 days you must take the full course. The Red Cross no longer allows Lifeguards to challenge the course.

Lifeguard Review Prerequisites
• Provide proof of valid Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification
• Complete the required online course before class
• Pass the following swim test on the day of class

1. 300-yard swim using front crawl or breaststroke
2. 2-minute tread using legs only
3. Retrieve a 10-lb dive weight from 7 ft deep, surface and swim 20 yds with the weight, using legs only and exit the pool without using a ladder within 100 seconds

Lifeguard-Recertification Fact Sheet

Lifeguard Certifications Issued
American Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer – all valid for 2 years.

Lifeguard Review Dates – Classes fill up quick, register early!

Each class number is a complete course, you only need to attend one class to get recertified.

Class Dates Class Schedule Class Location Fee Registration
Dec 20, 2015 Sun 7:30AM-3:00PM 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620 $90

Required Online CourseLifeguard Online Course

Prior to the in-class date, all participants must complete an online course thru the Red Cross Learning Center. The Red Cross fee for the online course is $21.60 which in addition to the class fee. Steps to complete Online Course

Lifeguard Recertification Fact’s

Lifeguard Manual

You can download a free digital version of the Lifeguard Manual to study for training. Please Note: You are not required to purchase or print the manual.

What to Bring to Class

  • Lifeguard Recertification forms
  • Valid copy of current certifications including: Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED
  • Online course completion report
  • Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks or $25 to purchase a set at class (both masks are now required per Red Cross guidelines)
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • A pen or pencil and paper for notes

Printing your Lifeguard Certification

Approximately 1 to 3 business days after you have successfully completed all the course requirements your certification will be available for print through the American Red Cross Learning Center.

How to print your certification

Re-certification FAQ's

Who is eligible to participate in a Lifeguarding Review course?
The Lifeguarding Review course is designed for individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate to recertify every 2 years.

Can I recertify if my certification has expired?
Yes, as long as it has not expired more than 30 days. If your certification has expired by more than 30 days you must take the full Lifeguard course.

Red Cross Policy Update: Effective April 9, 2014 the Red Cross is allowing currently certified Lifeguards and those who have expired by no more than 30 days take the Review course.

Can I challenge the course?
The Red Cross is no longer allowing Lifeguards to challenge the course.

Is there a crossover course for basic-level lifeguards certified/licensed in lifeguard training by another training agency, such as the YMCA, Ellis and Associates or StarGuard?
No, individuals must successfully complete the full Lifeguarding course to receive certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

Program Policies

VISITORS – Only registered participants are allowed on the pool deck or in the class rooms during training. All visitors including parents must wait in the parking lot.

REFUNDS – No refunds will be issued once course fees have been submitted. In the event that a participant is unable to pass the prerequisites or final exams the participant may transfer to a class at a later date (if available). If a participant is absent from any scheduled class days or times, the participant will not be offered a transfer or refund of any kind.

TRANSFERS – The class transfer fee is $20 and registered participants are required to notify Safe Swim at least 48 hours prior to the first class date that you are currently registered for in order to be eligible to transfer.