Junior Lifeguarding covers the skills needed for entry to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course:
- Communication and decision-making skills
- The basic responsibilities of a lifeguard
- The basic knowledge and skills required to be a lifeguard
Junior Lifeguarding involves a significant amount of physical activity. Participants should receive information about health requirements and safety before they start the course.
The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.
Be able to swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both; tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs; swim 20 yards within 1 minute 40 seconds; surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object and swim 20 yards back, holding the object with both hands; and exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Course length: 28.5 hours
Learn lifeguarding skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.
Must maintain basic American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification. Be able to swim 550 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both; tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs; swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards; swim 20 yards within 1 minute 40 seconds; surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object and swim 20 yards back; and exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Course length: 5 hours, 45 minutes
Lifeguard Management – In person testing
The American Red Cross Lifeguard management course trains aquatic managers and lifeguard supervisors to effectively manage lifeguards and promote safety for patrons and employees of aquatic facilities.
Must complete online Lifeguard Management course.
Course length: 1 hour
Lifeguard Instructor (LGI)
Learn to teach basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.
Current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED; complete online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor course.
Course length: 21 hours, 45 minutes
Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
Learn to teach courses and give presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program, including: Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.
Be able to swim strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling). Tread water for 1 minute.
Course length: 31 hours, 15 minutes
Learn to teach American Red Cross basic-level First Aid, CPR and AED courses.
Current American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification or the equivalent, and the online Introduction to the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course. Successfully completed the in-person pre-course skills session.
Course length: 13 hours
Learn to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, including basic first aid, keeping safe and helping children behave. Learn how to develop a babysitting business!
Course length: 6.5 hours
Wilderness & Remote First Aid
Learn to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
Current adult CPR/AED certification
Course length: 16 hours
Emergency Medical Response
Learn to work as an emergency medical responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical personnel take over.
Course length: Approximately 51 hours, plus Skills Review (Additional 4 hours) and Enrichments (Additional 5 hours, 10 minutes)
Responding to Emergencies
Learn to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.
Course length: The core course, Responding to Emergencies Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, is 30 hours
The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies, and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed. This program offers a choice of first aid, CPR and AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience and is offered in traditional classroom or blended learning (online learning with instructor-led skill session) formats.
Participants in AED-only courses must have current ARC certifications.
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuers (Health Care Provider & Lay Responder)
American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over.
Course length: Approximately 6 hours
Basic Life Support
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) trains public safety professionals and healthcare providers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. The course emphasizes active, hands-on learning and uses scenario activities to help participants learn how to provide CPR, use an AED and relieve an obstructed airway for adult, child and infant patients.
Course length: Approximately 4.5 hours
Administering Emergency Oxygen
Learn to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs) and emergency oxygen.
Current American Red Cross Adult, Child or Infant CPR or equivalent
Course length: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training
Learn how to recognize and respond to an anaphylaxis emergency, including administering an epinephrine auto-injector based on the widely available EpiPen®.
Course length: 45 minutes