American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
This is an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class intended for working at a Pool Facility. Waterfront Lifeguarding is an add on to this course if you intend on working an open water facility. Employment from the Lowell Recreation Office is not guaranteed after passing this class.
Lifeguard Book or PDF required for the class. Follow the link HERE.
Classes may run early or late. Information may vary from the schedule based on the class' skills.
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The Course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Attached you will find a list of skills that will be covered in this course. Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding Course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins. To enroll in the Lifeguarding Course, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session. Proof of age is required prior to the end of the class. To participate in the Lifeguarding Course, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
- 100 Yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or front.
- 100 Yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
- 100 Yards of either front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 Yards may be a combination of the front crawl and breaststroke.
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 10-15 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. NO GOGGLES MAY BE USED.
- 2 minute tread water without use of hands, touching sides, or bottom of pool. The Face should not go under the water.
CPR/AED/1st AID CLASS HELD IN THE RECREATION OFFICE.
Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding Course, each participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, which is valid for 2 years. If you choose to get your cards after the completion of the course to work at another location, then there is a $150 fee charged to you for the cards. If you intend to work for us we will hold the cards until the summer is complete and we will mail them to you at no cost at that time, with your final pay check. Termination or quitting will result in paying for the cards at that time.