- Minimum age of 15
- Swim 550 yards (about 500 meters) continuously
- 200 yards front crawl using rhythmic breathing
- 200 yards breaststroke using pull breathe, kick, glide
- 200 yards front crawl, breaststroke or combination of both
- starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 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
- swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.
Completion and competency of precourse skills and score 80% or better on final exam. Participants must behave maturely and responsibly and must attend all classes.
- Surveillance skills to help you identify behaviors of swimmers, distressed swimmers and active or passive drowning victims
- General procedures and rescue skills for an emergency occurring in the water or on land
- The components of an emergency action plan
- First aid training and professional rescuer CPR
- Skills used in special rescue situations, such as missing person procedures and cold-water rescue
- Professional lifeguard responsibilities including interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons
- The value of behaving in a professional manner
The course is 38 hours long based on 10 students. Participants must complete all 38 hours to be eligible for certification.
Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid: 2 years; CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer: 1 year