American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding Certification

Course Description

  • This American Red Cross 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


  • Complete the required Online Course before the first day of class.
  • 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 before the first day of class.
  • 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%.

Certification Issued

  • Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED certificate valid for 2 years.

Class Fact Sheet

Registration Class Date Day/Time Fee Class Location
Register Feb 15 & 16, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $189 Irvine, CA 92620
Register Apr 18 & 19, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $189 Brea, CA 92821
Register Apr 25 & 26, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $189 Brea, CA 92821
Register May 2 & 3, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $189 Brea, CA 92821
Register May 23 & 24, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $189 Brea, CA 92821
Register May 30 & 31, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $189 Brea, CA 92821
Class FAQs

What to Bring to Class

  • 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

Certification & Class Receipt


  • The certificate will be emailed to you from the Red Cross with in 5 business days after completing the class (please check your spam folder if you do not get the email).
  • If you do not receive an email visit and enter your email address.
  • If you rare unable to locate your certificate please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompts for Health and Safety Training.

Class Receipt

  • Print: Training Receipt
  • 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 $45 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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