Junior Lifeguarding


$440.00 per person + $14 Mandatory American Red Cross Certification Fee + $20 WML Registration Fee

Course Purpose:

Junior Lifeguarding will introduce participants to:

  • The skills needed for entry to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course.
  • Communication and decision-making skills.
  • The basic responsibilities of a lifeguard.
  • The basic knowledge and skills required to be a lifeguard.

Junior Lifeguarding is designed for youths 11 years of age, or those who have completed the 5th grade through 14 years of age.

Course Prerequisites:

Before entering Junior Lifeguarding, participants must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
  • Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs.
  • Show a level of comfort on the back by floating on the back for 30 seconds or swimming on the back for 25 yards using the elementary backstroke or back crawl.
  • Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet under water.

Certification Includes:

On completion of course requirements, each participant may receive an American Red Cross certificate indicating Junior Lifeguarding. These certificates do not indicate that the person is trained to be a lifeguard however, students will receive a CPR certification.

Course Length:

Junior Lifeguarding is approximately 30 hours, 45 minutes in length, including the pre-course session. There are 15 lessons of 2 hours each plus the 45-minute pre-course session. Each lesson includes dry land and in-water activities with the exception of the lesson focused on first aid. Time is not built into the lesson plans for participants to change into swimwear; therefore, for each session participants should come dressed in swimwear worn under clothing appropriate for the classroom.