Lifeguard Training

Become a certified lifeguard through the BTLFC American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification program. You will be trained by experienced instructors to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water. Topics include water rescue skills, surveillance and recognition, first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies and more. Certified lifeguards are always high on the help-wanted list, so dive in and launch your aquatic career.


Training Dates, Times and Cost - 2018 


NEW! Lifeguard Training courses offered at the Baylor Tom Landry Health and Wellness Center are now offered in the Blended Learning format. There are two delivery methods available for the courses in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program—classroom and blended learning. The blended learning option combines online learning with in-person skill sessions conducted by a Red Cross-certified instructor. Participants in blended learning courses acquire the same knowledge and skills as those in traditional classroom training courses.

Prior to attending the first scheduled class session, students will need to independently complete the online portion of the lifeguarding course. Upon enrollment, students will receive a link via email that will direct them to the online portion of the Lifeguarding course. Students will be prompted to create an account within the Red Cross Learning Center and complete the online portion at their leisure before attending the scheduled in-person portion. Proof of completion must be brought to the first in-person session via one of the following methods or students will not be permitted to continue in the course:

  •  - Print or take a screen shot of your online course completion record available at the conclusion of the eLearning course and bring it to the first in-person skill session. It will read “Proceed to Skill Session”.
  • - Be prepared to login to the eLearning course on the first in-person skill session to display the completion status that appears above the “Launch Course” button.


Course Prerequisites:

Entry into the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is strictly limited to those who meet the minimum age requirement and have successfully completed the prerequisite skills evaluation. Failure

to have attained the appropriate skill level could pose a safety threat to themselves and to others in the class. Participants in the Lifeguarding program must be 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course.


Prerequisite Skills:

  • - Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • - Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  •  - Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds:
    • - Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • - Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • - Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface to breathe (or to get a breath).
    • - Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


The prerequisite skills evaluation takes place at the start of every lifeguarding course, or can be completed ahead of time during our Lifeguard Precourse Prep class. Students who successfully complete the prerequisite skills evaluation ahead of time during a Lifeguard Precourse Prep class do not have to demonstrate the prerequisite skills again during the lifeguarding course as long as the course for which they are registered takes place within two weeks.


Need help preparing for the swimming skills evaluation? Consider our Lifeguard Precourse Prep Classes. Below are considerations that will help you decide if the class is right for you:

  • - You have never had formal stroke training before, and are unsure if you know how to properly do freestyle and/or breaststroke.
  • - You are nervous about swimming laps in a lane with up to 5 other people.
  • - You believe physical conditioning you may have from land sports will translate to the water. It is not uncommon for healthy/fit participants from other sports to struggle in the water. Breathing is  very different in swimming, and not knowing how to breath properly in the water is the #1 cause of not passing the precourse.
  • - You would like the convenience of arriving an hour later on your first day of class. Those that pass the precourse ahead of time will not have to demonstrate the prerequisite skills again on the first day of their class and therefore can arrive 1 hour later than those still needing to complete the precourse. The ability to arrive an hour later only applies to weekend classes and does not apply to weekday classes due to differences in course layout for weekday classes.


To register for a class:

Read through the Important Class Information (FAQ's)
Complete and submit the 2018 Registration Form - Registration is complete once payment has been received
Pay by phone, and/or for additional information contact: Mark Huntsberry at 214.820.7946 


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