The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification are imperative to the process of getting hired on as an official Red Cross lifeguard. Our detailed training includes both testing of hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests. The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide. The American Red Cross is the most respected source for training and certification of this kind.

HCAC Lifeguard

The Prerequisites for Lifeguard Training:

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. 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.

Waterpark Lifeguarding Module

The purpose of the Waterpark Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in aquatic facilities with waterpark features.

HCAC Lifeguard

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens Training course is to teach participants how to protect themselves and others from exposure to bloodborne pathogens on the job, and what to do if an exposure occurs. The course content and activities will prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about preventing bloodborne pathogen disease transmission. The course addresses:

  • What bloodborne pathogens are.
  • How bloodborne pathogens are spread.
  • How to help prevent exposure incidents by following work practice controls, using engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), practicing good personal hygiene and properly cleaning and disinfecting equipment and supplies.
  • How to recognize, report and follow up on employee exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

Administering Emergency Oxygen

Purpose is to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs) and emergency oxygen. Prerequisites:

  • Current American Red Cross Adult, Child or Infant CPR or equivalent

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of administering emergency oxygen.
  • List the steps required to administer emergency oxygen.
  • Identify different oxygen delivery devices and when to use them.
  • List the precautions to take when using emergency oxygen.
  • Demonstrate how to properly remove disposable gloves.
  • Demonstrate how to use a resuscitation mask and BVM to ventilate a nonbreathing victim.
  • Demonstrate how to prepare the oxygen equipment and administer emergency oxygen to a breathing or a nonbreathing victim.

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 the final written exam 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

  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water (up to 5’) is valid for 2 years
  • American Red Cross certificate for Waterpark Skills is valid for 2 years.
    • The Waterpark skills certificate is only valid when accompanied by a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water (up to 5’).
  • American Red Cross Bloodborne Pathogens Training is valid for 1 year
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen Training is valid for 2 years

Participant Materials

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual