Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

This 2 day lifeguard training course includes comprehensive training in water rescues, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and first aid skills. Participants will learn to recognize and respond effectively to emergencies, as well as how to prevent drowning and injuries. Lifeguard Training Fact Sheet

Lifeguard Prerequisites

    • 15 years & older
    • Complete the required online course before the first class.
    • Pass the following swim test on the first 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 within 100 seconds


American Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED (valid for 2 years) issued on the same day as you successfully complete the class.

Lifeguard Training Dates

Registration Class Dates Schedule Class Fee Location
Register Now Oct 15 & 16, 2016 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $150 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register Now Nov 12 & 13, 2016 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $150 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register Now Dec 17 & 18, 2016 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $150 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620

2017 classes will be posted December 1, 2016.

Lifeguard Training

Required Online Course

Prior to the in-class date, all participants must complete an online course thru the Red Cross Learning Center for $35, which is in addition to the class fee.

Lifeguard Training Fact’s

How to get certified

  1. Register Online
  2. Print the Class Documents required for training
  3. Access the free digital Lifeguard Manual
  4. Complete the Online Course thru the American Red Cross Learning Center
  5. Attend all class dates and times you are signed up for
  6. Participate and demonstrate competency in all required skills
  7. Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions on the final written exam

What to Bring to Class

  • Lifeguard Training Forms
  • 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, towel and dry clothes
  • A pen or pencil and paper for notes

Title 22 - Optional Add-on Course

Title 22 certification can be added to the Lifeguard course for $125 during online registration. Information will be emailed to you once you register.

Print Your Certification & Class Receipt

Once the Red Cross has approved the course record, participants will be able to print their certification thru the Red Cross Learning Center.

To print your certification follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username and password (the same user name and password you sign up for the online course)
  3. Click “My Learning” tab (top navigation)
  4. Click “My Transcript” under My Learning (left navigation)
  5. Set the Completion after and before dates accordingly; and click the “Search” button
  6. Click “Print Certificate of Completion” under Completion Status next to course you took
  7. A digital certificate will appear in a new window, click “Print”

If you require a wallet size certificate card or you need assistance logging in to your account or printing your certification, please contact the American Red Cross Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Additionally, if you ever lose your certification, you can log on and reprint it from your account.

Note: Safe Swim is unable to reset your password, print your certificate or access your account, please contact the Red Cross for assistance.

Print Training Receipt – PDF

Note: To customize your class receipt, you will need Adobe Reader and input the fields as they pertain to the course(s) you completed.

More Training Questions

How old do I have to be to get Lifeguard certified? 15 years and older on the last class date.

To become a lifeguard, do I have to have to be a perfect swimmer? No. You must however be able to swim 300 yards (12 lengths of a 25 yard pool) without stopping using front crawl or breaststroke, tread water for 2 minutes using legs only, and retrieve a 10-lb weight from 7 feet deep and swim 20 yards with the weight, using legs only and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds. In general the most difficult part of the swim test is the brick and we STRONGLY suggest that you practice with a 10-lb hand weight before you take training.

What if I can not pass the swim test? If you are unable to pass any of the tests you may not continue with the class, however you can transfer to a future class if available.

What if I already have CPR and/or First Aid certification do I need to attend that part of the class? Yes. The Red Cross does not separate the certifications.

Can I attend one day of training in one session and another day of training in a different session? No. For the continuity of training you may not break up sessions.

Do I have to complete the online course before training? Yes. The online course is required.

Is there a Lunch Break? Yes, there will be a 1 hour lunch break each day of training with several near by restaurants with in 5 minute walking distance.

Program Policies

Class Transfers – The class transfer fee is $30 and registered participants are required to submit a Transfer Request online at least 48 hours prior to the original class date.

No Refunds – Training deposits are nonrefundable and 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.

No Visitors – Only registered participants are allowed on the pool deck or in the classrooms during training. All visitors including parents must wait in the parking lot.

Cancelled Classes – Safe Swim reserves the right to cancel classes as needed. In the event a class is canceled registered participants will be offered a transfer to a different class free of charge or a full refund of the training deposit.

Lifeguard Job Opportunities

Looking for a Lifeguard job?

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Interviews are available during training; please see a Safe Swim representative during training for more details