Shallow Water Lifeguard Review

This is an abbreviated version of the Lifeguarding Course in which participants will review and practice all water and land skills learned in the American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding class. Participants must have a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification or Shallow Water Lifeguarding Certificate at the time of class completion in order to participate.

Prerequisites: Individuals with a current Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Lifeguarding certificate may participate in a review course.

  1. Swim 100 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 are allowed.

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

  3. Complete a timed event within 50 seconds.

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

    • Submerge to a depth of 4-5 feet to retrieve a 10lb object.

    • Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Purpose: This is an abbreviated version of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course in which the participant will review and practice both the in-water and land skills.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend all class sessions

  • Successfully perform all required skills

  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios

  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Upon Course Completion you will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years. This certification includes Shallow Water Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED.

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