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Blended Learning Lifeguarding Course

Swimming Test & Prerequisites

  • Minimum age of 15
  • Swimming Test
  1. Swim 300 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 may be used.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards - face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
  • Return to starting point with 10-pound object

Please contact Bryan Hansen at if you have questions or if you would like to be added to the notification list for future Lifeguard Training courses.

October 2020 Class Info
  • Swimming & Skills Test - must be completed by Friday, October 9 (contact Bryan Hansen at to set up test date and time
  • Registration Form - October 2020 Registration Form
  • Class Dates & Times
    • Thursday, October 22 - 5-9pm
    • Friday, October 23 - 5-9pm
    • Saturday, October 24 - 10am-4pm
    • Sunday, October 25 - 9am-1pm
    • There is also an online learning portion of the class that takes approximately 10-12 hours to complete and must be completed prior to the October 22 class
  • Cost
    • $160.00 - payable to "SDSF"
    • The SFAC will send you instructions via e-mail to register for the class on the Red Cross website after registration form is received and Swimming and Skills Test is completed
  • Certifications & What's Included
    • 2 year American Red Cross CPR/AED for Lifeguards
    • 2 year American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid
    • All online materials related to the course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.  The course content and activities of the class will prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about the care to provide in an aquatic medical emergency.

American Red Cross training makes learning fun and easy.  Through classroom learning, on-line learning and hands-on practice, you'll learn:

  • Surveillance skills to help recognize and prevent injuries
  • Rescue skills - in the water and on land
  • First aid training
  • CPR for the professional rescuer
  • How to help during an emergency and how to prepare for any emergency
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities like interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons