Waterfront Lifeguard Certification

Red Cross Lifeguard Training with Waterfront Skills

The Waterfront Lifeguard certification course incorporates both the Lifeguarding course with the Waterfront skills module. The purpose of the Waterfront skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. This course incorporates a blended learning format with online training sessions, classroom skills and water rescue activities. Course Fact Sheet

Waterfront Lifeguard Prerequisites

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Complete the required online course before the first class
  • Pass the following swim test on the first day of class
1. 500-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
4. Swim 5 yds, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yds apart, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yds to complete the skill sequence


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.

Class Dates Class Schedule Class Location Fee Registration
We are not currently offering any Waterfront Lifeguard class dates.

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.

Title 22 Certification – Optional add-on course

Title 22 First Aid can be added to the Lifeguarding course for an additional fee. Information on adding Title 22 will be emailed to you once you register for a Lifeguard class.

Waterfront Lifeguard Training Fact’s

How to get certified

  1. Register online to reserve your space
  2. Print the Class Documents required for training
  3. Access the free digital Lifeguard Manual
  4. Register and complete the Online Course thru the American Red Cross Learning Center
  5. Attend all class dates and times you are signed up for, and pass the lifeguard swim test on the first class date
  6. Participate and demonstrate competency in all required skills, and correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam
  7. Print your certification online thru the American Red Cross Learning Center

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 Training Forms
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks or $25 to purchase a set at class (both masks are now required per Red Cross guidelines)
  • Mask and fins
  • A pen or pencil and paper for notes

Please note: Participants need to provide a mask and fins (snorkel is optional).

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 Red Cross Learning Center.

How to print your certification

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 $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

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