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American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses & Reviews

The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification are imperative to the process of getting hired on as an official Red Cross Lifeguard. Our detailed training includes both testing of hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests. The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide.

Prerequisites for Lifeguarding: Blended Learning Include:

The Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA hosts a Blended Learning course format (19.5 hours in person, 7.5 hours online).

Prerequisite Details:
The following are required to be completed before the first day of class.

1) Minimum age: 15 years old on or by course date.

2) Swim 300 yards with freestyle and/or breaststroke.

3) Tread water 2 minutes using only legs.

4) Timed brick retrieval from deep end, to exit point.

5) Blended Learning Style Course: Participants will receive an email voucher for their eLearning from the American Red Cross, 1 business day after registration. Be sure to carefully enter the participant’s email address. Email Aquatics Director if you do not receive this email.

Fees: Members $110 | Community $185




Lifeguarding Review Course:
This course is best suited for those with current lifeguarding certification who simply need to renew.


Fees: Members $50 | Community $75





What is the purpose of the Pre-Test date?

As lifeguard instructors, we must ensure that all candidates have the physical stamina and ability to continue the in-person skill training during this course, and are able to rescue people in real life emergency scenarios. Please bring your swimsuit and know how to swim freestyle and breaststroke with rhythmic breathing efficiency. If you need help or tips, please contact the Aquatics Director, Cailee, by email.


I have an important event during one of the class dates, am I able to miss a day?

No, candidates must be present at all class dates and times. If a pre-test is missed you must come an hour early on the first day of class to demonstrate your swimming ability.


How do I access the blended learning online content?

Once registration through the Norm Waitt Sr, YMCA is complete, allow 1-2 days for The American Red Cross to email participants a course voucher. Follow the link and directions in that email.


What happens if I need a refund?

No refunds are allowed once the American Red Cross online blended learning course content is complete.


How long is the certification valid for?

Successful completion of e-learning, skills tests and written tests will result in one (2) a year certification in Lifeguard, CPR-PR, Basic First Aid and AED.


What is the e-learning?

Prior to the in-water training session, all participants must successfully complete the e-learning portion of the class. E-learning is a combination of video, reading and interactive elements used to teach the basic fundamentals of lifeguarding.

You will receive an online “voucher” in 1-2 days via email upon completing registration through the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA. This voucher will allow you access to the online course. The e-learning portion can be completed at your own pace – there are no time limits, but must be completed before the first class date of the course. (The first day of class does not include the pre-test date). Finishing online content usually takes on average about 7 hours.

Digital ebooks of the Lifeguard Manual are sent out to course participants via email.


What should I bring to the pre-test and class?

You should be prepared to be physically active, so make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and drink lots of water before class. Bring a swimsuit (one piece is preferred for females & long shorts for males), towel(s), goggles, snacks and a packed meal.


My certification is coming due to expire, what next?

We re-certify lifeguards, too. Contact Cailee to enroll in a re-certification session.