Aquatic Certification Courses

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Lifeguarding Course

Purpose: 

The primary 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 professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Prerequisites – Candidates must:

  1. Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  2. 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.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    -Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    -Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    -Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    -Exit the water without using a ladder or step.

Certification Requirements – Candidates must:

  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  • Pass the final skills scenarios.
  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80% on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the participant has passed the practical assessment.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:
The American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is valid for 2 years.

Cost: $140 ECU Students | $200 Members | $220 Non-members
Must be 15 years old to take the class.
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Lifeguarding Review Course

Purpose: 

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Review course is designed to help you update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. This course is offered to those whose certification is still valid (or within 30 days of expiring) while allowing you to continue work without a lapse in verification.

Cost: $60 ECU Students | $95 Members | $105 Non-members

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Lifeguard Instructor Course

Purpose: 

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding Instructor course is to train instructors to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.

Prerequisites – Candidates must:

  1. Be at least 17 years old on the last day of the instructor course.
  2. Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  3. Successfully complete online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course prior to the precourse skills session.
  4. Successfully complete the precourse skills session. This skills session includes:
    • 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.
    • Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
    • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
      – Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
      – Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
      – Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
      – Exit the water without using a ladder or step.

Certification Requirements – Candidates must:

  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  • Demonstrate teaching ability during four practice-teaching assignments.
  • Pass the final skills scenarios.
  • Successfully pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80%.
  • Behave maturely and responsibly toward all activities, including the feedback given by fellow candidates.

Cost: $150 ECU Students | $175 Members | $200 Non-members
Must be 17 years old to take the class.

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Water Safety Instructor Course

Purpose: 

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding Instructor course is to train instructors to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.

Prerequisites – Candidates must:

  1. Be at least 16 years old on the last day of the instructor course.
  2. Successfully complete online Introduction to the Water Safety Instructor Course prior to the precourse skills session.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
    • Swim the following strokes consistent with American Red Cross Learn to Swim Level 4
      • Front Crawl – 25 yards
      • Back Crawl – 25 yards
      • Breaststroke – 25 yards
      • Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards
      • Sidestroke – 25 yards
      • Butterfly – 15 yards
    • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).
    • Tread water for 1 minute.

Certification Requirements – Candidates must:

  • Attend and successfully participate in all course lessons, including the online content.
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.
  • Successfully complete the required number of practice-teaching assignments.
  • Pass the final skills scenarios.
  • Successfully pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80%.
  • Behave maturely and responsibly toward all activities, including the feedback given by fellow candidates.

Cost: $150 ECU Students | $200 Members | $225 Non-members
Must be 16 years old to take the class.

If you would like to request a refund for any Safety Service class, please fill out the form below. You will be notified by the appropriate person on the status of your request.

Online Form – Cancellation, Refund, and Transfer Request

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