American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Course (Ages 15+)

Includes: Upon successful completion participants will receive their American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding certification.   


Get the skills to become a Waterfront Lifeguard. This program promotes teamwork, leadership, and aquatic safety while introducing students to professional opportunities. Students will be required to pass a skills pre-test the first day of program. All water activities occur in the ocean, off the NESS docks, student should come prepared to be in the colder water for periods of time and bring extra warm clothes and towels to change into.

Upon successful completion participants receive their American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding certification.

Skill Prerequisites

  1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this module.
  2. Swim 550 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 are allowed.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. 
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The 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 the surface and swim 20 yards 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  1. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

 Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios
  • Pass both the Section 1—CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2 Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Afternoon Class:

Mon – Friday,  12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Week 1
 (June 26-30)

Remaining Spots: 6

Week 8 (August 14-18)

Remaining Spots: 6

Week 9 (August 21-25)

Remaining Spots: 6