Lifeguarding Course Description

Lifeguard PictureLifeguards protect their community by preventing, recognizing, and responding to water-related emergencies. In order to get a job at most facilities, you need to become certified, and most employers look for American Red Cross Certification.

Obtain your 2-year certification by taking a lifeguarding course from the American Red Cross. Courses take approximately 32 hours to complete and include web-based learning, classroom instruction and in-water skills development.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

The web-based learning format allows students to re-watch videos and review course material as often as needed. This provides a better opportunity for success.

Most Lifeguarding courses only offer the basic Red Cross Lifeguarding certification. Included in the cost of our course is certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding and Administering Emergency Oxygen. Taken separately, these 4 certifications would cost $700.00. We maintain a smaller instructor to student ratio to provide more personalized instruction to the students. Our syllabus includes additional time for in-water skills practice, resulting in better trained lifeguards.

WHY DO OUR CLASSES COST MORE? Four Red Cross certifications, 5 extra hours included to practice skills, fewer students per instructor, instructors have decades of teaching experience, highest quality training offered in Idaho.

Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding and Administering Emergency Oxygen:
Cost: $250.00 (if you have the 2017 Lifeguarding Participant manual)

Lifeguarding Recertification:
Cost: $90.00. You must recertify no later than 30 days after your current certification expires. Advance registration required by email or phone.

If you have questions, call 208-360-6491 or email the instructors. Email Instructor

Upcoming Classes

2023 Classes - Lifeguarding Certification - Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills

Class 1 - Runs from May 9 to May 20 at Heise Hot Springs in Ririe. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 9:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Pretest Tuesday, May 9, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Class 2 - Runs June 19, 20, 21, and 22 at Heise Hot Springs in Ririe. Class meets Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Registration forms can be downloaded under the "Register for Class" tab.

Candidates needing lifeguarding recertification can inquire about scheduling a time with the instructors. Email Instructor

2023 Classes - Lifeguarding Recertification - Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen

Class 1 - Saturday, May 6, at Heise Hot Springs in Ririe. Class meets from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Call 208-360-6491 to register.

Class 2 - TBD. Call 208-360-6491 to register.

5 Reasons to be a Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor

Lifeguard CPR1. Learn to save lives in and out of the water.

2. Develop your leadership, communication and teaching skills.

3. Build your resume.

4. Earn money.

5. Stay in great physical condition.


Guard Tube1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.

2. 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. Waterfront Lifeguarding certification requires a 550 yard continuous swim.

3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

a. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.

b. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

c. 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 so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.