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Effective March 30, 2020, all classes have been temporarily canceled to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We hope to resume training on May 1, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as they become available. If your certification is set to expire during this period, not to worry, we will recertify you as soon as it is safe to do so.
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SHALLOW WATER LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION

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.

Eligibility

  • 15 years & older

Prerequisites

  • 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
Canceled Apr 4 & 5, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $209 Norwalk, CA 90650
Canceled Apr 18 & 19, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $209 Brea, CA 92821
Canceled Apr 25 & 26, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $209 Brea, CA 92821
Register May 2 & 3, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $209 Brea, CA 92821
Register May 23 & 24, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $209 Brea, CA 92821
Register May 30 & 31, 2020 Sat & Sun 8:00AM-6:00PM $209 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

Certification

  • 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 redcross.org/getcertificate 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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