The Lifeguard Training course is a 33-36 hour course. Lifeguard Training Recertification course lasts for 8 hours. Students must be 15 years of age or older before the final date of the course and will be required to pass a pre-test to get into the class. The pre-test consists of swimming 300 yards continuously as well as swimming 20 yards, surface diving to retrieve a 10 pound brick and returning it to the starting point.

In this course students learn skills critical to the job such as water rescues, First Aid and CPR. While parts of the course include dry land and video instruction, students should be prepared to spend a large portion of the class in the water. Several types of water rescues are taught in the class including: passive, active and submerged victim rescues along with spinal injury management. Students will learn how to respond to an emergency and ways to prevent accidents from occurring. An important component of the course is for students to learn how to protect themselves while providing assistance to patrons. This includes, but is not limited to, measure such as wearing latex gloves and using a CPR face shield or mask.

During the CPR section of the course students will be instructed in adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and two-man CPR among other things. Finally, the First Aid portion will cover proper procedures for caring for cuts, bruises, broken bones, insect stings and bites, etc.

The broad range of topics covered in the Lifeguard Training Certification are all essential elements necessary to the lifeguard position. The skill set obtained in this certification course is invaluable both on the job and in everyday health and safety situations.