Huntsville Lifeguard Instruction and Certification Program

Lifeguarding Prerequisites

We offer Lifeguard Certification Classes in the Spring, Fall, and Winter. During the cooler months, classes are held in an indoor pool.

Course work will include physical exercise.  If you have a medical condition or disability, or if you have any question about your ability to participate fully in this course, please discuss them with your physician or health care provider before you register.

Students must pass a prerequisite swimming test on the first day (see below) in order to continue and be 15 years old by the last day of the class to become Redcross Certified.  Certification does not guarantee employment.

Prerequisite Swimming Test
This includes a 300 yard (12 laps) swim test and a surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Once surfacing, the student must swim 20 yards on their back before returning to the starting point. Both hands should be holding the object at all times while keeping your face at or near the surface of the water. Time stops when you exit the water.

On-Line Instruction

Each student will be required to complete on-line coursework 48 hours before the start of their class. A downloadable manual is offered on each registration link.

Classroom Instruction

One of the scheduled classes will be held away from a pool setting and will focus on First Aid, CPR/AED, and care for head, neck, and spinal injuries.

Requirements for Certification

Attend and participate in all class sessions
Participate in all skill sessions/drills and demonstrate competency in all required activities and scenarios
Demonstrate competency in all required final skill scenarios
Pass both final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent
There is no refund for missing classes.

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