Lifeguard Training

The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate indicating Waterfront Skills valid for 2 years. (The Waterfront Skills certificate is only valid when accompanied by a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.)


  • Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.

Course length
Approx. 31 hours

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions of the written exam.


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