Lifeguarding Course Description

Lifeguard PictureThis is the new Red Cross Lifeguarding course released in 2017.

Lifeguards 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 $800.00. 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. Our instruction is conducted at an indoor aquatic facility which provides a comfortable learning environment. Our facility exceeds the training standards required by the American Red Cross.

Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding and Administering Emergency Oxygen:
Cost: $250.00 (includes 2017 Lifeguarding Participant manual)
Cost: $225.00 (if you have the 2017 Lifeguarding Participant manual)

Lifeguarding Recertification:
Cost: $80.00 - 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

2018 Classes - Blended Learning Course - Web Based Content and Classroom Instruction

Class 1 - Runs from February 13 to March 8 at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center in Idaho Falls. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 5:45 PM to 9:15 PM.

Class 2 - Runs from April 9 to May 10 at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center in Idaho Falls. Pretest held on Monday, April 9, at 7:00pm. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 5:45 PM to 9:15 PM, starting on April 17.

Registration forms can be downloaded under the "Register for Class" tab or they can be picked up at the WDAC in Idaho Falls.

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

2018 Classes - Lifeguarding Recertification - Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Administering Emergency Oxygen

Class 1 - Saturday, March 31, from noon to 8:00pm, at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Idaho Falls.

Class 2 - Saturday, May 12, from noon to 8:00pm, at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Idaho Falls.

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.