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.
The Following Sessions are Now Full: May 5-7, May 12-14, May 19-21, May 26-28, May 30-June1


Course Prerequisites (as of January 2017) : 

Entry into the Red Cross Lifeguarding course is strictly limited to those who meet the minimum age requirement and who successfully complete the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation.

  • Must be at least 15 years old (by last day of class)
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (can use freestyle or breastroke, no sidestroke or backstroke)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Surface and swim 20 yards on back with both hands holding the object during entire return swim
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

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 breastroke
  • 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 swim again on day 1 of their class and therefore can arrive 1 hour later than those needing to complete the precourse


To register for a class:


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