In 2012, The American Red Cross updated the Lifeguard Training course. It consists of lifeguard training, professional CPR/AED, first aid skills, and preventing disease transmission. The whole course is approximately 25hrs.
Course participants must be at least 15 years old and good swimmers*. They must be able to swim 300 yards using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water without using their hands for 2 minutes, complete a timed event and retrieve a brick in 7 feet of water. To successfully complete the course, participants must attend all sessions, score at least 80% on the written test and pass the 3 practical life guarding skills scenarios. Upon successful completion of the course, American Red Cross certificates valid for 2 years will be awarded in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED and First Aid.
- All classes will be held at Swim-in Zone with the exception of one class which will be at a deep water location (TBA).
- Fee: $300 which includes a Lifeguard Training Text to use in class, all equipment and a personal resuscitation mask. A free electronic version is available at redcross.org.
- The minimum number of participants (6) must be pre-registered to hold the course. The course will be cancelled 3 days before the first class if there are <6 participants pre-registered.
- Cancellation policy: full refund minus $25.
*Please note you must be able to swim 300 yards (12 lengths) non-stop using only front crawl (freestyle) and breaststroke. If you cannot do these strokes, please take swimming lessons before the lifeguard training class. You will not be able to continue in the class if you fail the swim test on the first day. Refund minus $25 if you fail the swim test.
Lifeguard Training Recertification Review Format:
(Includes Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR-PR and AED)
In the 2012 update, the Red Cross terminated the “challenge” option for recertification. The only option for recertification is a 12 hour review course, but the participant must be currently certified. If the certifications have expired, the participant must retake the whole 25 hour course.
Participants for recertification must complete the swim tests listed above. To successfully complete the recertification course, participants must attend all sessions, score at least 80% on the written test and pass the 3 practical life guarding skills scenarios. Upon successful completion of the recertification course, American Red Cross certificates valid for 2 years will be awarded in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED and First Aid
Frequently Asked Questions for Red Cross courses
Where can I find information about your American Red Cross courses?
Our course costs, descriptions and schedules can be viewed on our website or obtained at our front desk.
How do I get certified as a lifeguard?
Lifeguard Training classes are offered many times a year. Please check the website Swim-in Zone Red Cross schedule for class times. The full course runs 37 hours and includes certification in CPR, AED, First Aid and Lifeguard Training.
What are the prerequisites for the lifeguarding class?
Age 15 before the last published date of the class; 300 yd. swim (200 yd. of front crawl and 100 yd. of breaststroke); swim 20 yds. pick up 10lb. brick off the bottom in at least 7 ft. of water then swim 20 yds. in 1min. 40 seconds.
Where do you offer these courses?
All classes are taught on-site at Swim-in Zone, with the exception of our lifeguard course. For lifeguard certification, a deep water component is required. Participants in Swim-in Zone’s Red Cross Lifeguard course meet on one day of the course (all other days are taught at Swim-In Zone) at a location to be announced to learn/practice deep water rescue skills.
How do I register for a class?
1. Call 610.625.4848 – we take credit cards over the phone
2. Send a course registration form by mail (with payment, checks preferred) to:
4355 Saucon Creek Rd.
Center Valley, PA 18034
4. Register in person.
How far in advance do I have to register?
You may register anytime up until the day before the class. Registrations are accepted until a course is full. Courses with less than 3-4 participants will be cancelled.
Can I reserve a place in class without registering?
No. To hold a place you must register and pay for the course in advance.
Can I pay on the day of the class or must I prepay?
We must receive payment in advance to assure that you will have a book, and that we have enough equipment for everyone in the class. Your place in the class is not secured unless a payment is received.
Can I pay a portion of the fee to hold my spot?
Yes. You may put a deposit of $25 down for CPR challenge or recertification; however, if you fail to attend the class, the deposit is not refundable. Lifeguard classes (full class or recertification) require a $75 deposit (non-refundable if you do not attend); and, you must pay in full 24 hours before the scheduled class.
Can I pay for a class by check via mail?
If you wish to pay by mail, please mail your check with the name and date of the class along with the registration form available for print online. The check must be received one week prior to the class.
If I withdraw from a class before the class begins, can I get a refund?
If you withdraw from a class with >48 hours advance notice, you can get a full refund. If < 48 hours notice is given, a $25 withdrawal fee will be deducted from your refund. It takes 2-4 weeks for refund checks to be mailed.
Can I transfer to another class?
You can transfer to a different class, but there is a $5 service fee.
Sometimes classes are cancelled because of lack of enrollment. Will I get my money back if you cancel the class?
Yes. If we cancel, we will give you a full refund or transfer you to another class at no extra charge. We will call a week prior to the class if it is going to be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
I didn't receive a confirmation letter. Can I still go to the class?
Yes. To confirm your registration by telephone, please call 610.625.4848.
What is a Lifeguarding Challenge/Review course?
Anyone with a current lifeguarding certification that is about to expire may take this course to gain recertification without retaking the entire Lifeguard Training course. It will take 6-8 hours, to test the CPR, AED, First Aid and Lifeguard Training for recertification. If your certification has already expired it is best to retake the whole course again.
What happens if a student is unable to pass the prerequisite for lifeguard classes?
We will refund the cost of the class less a $25 fee, provided that the book and pocket mask are re-salable.
Do I receive my certification on the last day of class?
No, a letter of achievement will be issued on the last day of class. The certificates will be mailed to us from the American Red Cross approximately 2-3 weeks later, and we will get them out to you as soon as we receive them.
What if I have a Wild Water certification? Do I have to take the whole class?
Yes. You must take the whole Red Cross Lifeguarding course.
I have Professional CPR/AED certification, but it expires this month. How do I get recertified?
If you need professional CPR/AED recertification, we offer the Red Cross Challenge/Review course. Check the schedule for dates for CPR recertification and sign up for the class. If you need the certification ASAP, we will permit you to recertify by attending the full professional CPR/AED course offered with the Lifeguard Training Course.
What is Water Safety Training for Day Care Providers?
This is a course offered in the spring. It provides state-mandated training for anyone taking day care children to the local pool. We send out the flyer in early May with all the information about the course including the day and time to any day care centers who have come to the course in previous years. Other day care centers can call and have the flyer sent to their facility.