Shallow Water Lifeguard Class

Shallow Water Lifeguard Certification

American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard Certification

  • This 2 day Shallow Water Lifeguard class provides entry-level shallow water lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5 feet deep and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over.
  • 15 years & older
  • Pass the following swim test on the day of class:
    1. 100-yard continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke
    2. 2-minute tread using legs only
    3. Retrieve a 10-lb dive weight from 4 ft deep, surface and walk 20 yds with the weight at or above the waters surface, and exit the pool without using a ladder within 50 seconds
Certification Requirements
  • Complete the required online course.
  • Attend and participate in all class sessions and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  • Pass the final skills scenarios.
  • Successfully pass final written exam with a minimum grade of 80%.
Online Course
  • Before class all participants must complete an online course thru the Red Cross Learning Center for $35.
  • Information on completing the online course will be emailed to participants upon registering for a class.
  • 2 year American Red Cross certificate in Shallow Water Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED
Fact Sheet
  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Certification Fact Sheet

Shallow Water Lifeguard Class Dates

Register Dates Schedule Fee Location
Register Apr 29 & 30, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $160 440 S Walnut Ave, Brea, CA 92821
Register May 6 & 7, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $140 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register May 13 & 14, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $160 440 S Walnut Ave, Brea, CA 92821
Register May 20 & 21, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $140 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register May 27 & 28, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $140 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register Jun 3 & 4, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $140 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register Jun 10 & 11, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $140 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Register Jun 17 & 18, 2017 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-5:45PM $140 110 Lamplighter, Irvine, CA 92620
Additional class dates will be posted in the spring.

Additional Resources

What to Bring to Class

  • Shallow Water Lifeguard Class Forms
  • Online course completion report
  • Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks or $25 to purchase a set at class (both masks are required per Red Cross guidelines)
  • Bathing suit, towel and dry clothes
  • A pen or pencil and paper for notes

Class 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.

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.

Training FAQ's

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

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.

Program Policies

Class Transfers – The class transfer fee is $35 and registered participants are required to submit a Transfer Request online at least 48 hours prior to the original class date. Training must be completed within 60 days of 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.

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