We are excited to offer you American Red Cross Lifeguarding Blended Learning. Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please plan to complete all eLearning modules, including the CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid final eLearning exam, at least two days prior to your first in-person skills session. Most participants complete the eLearning portion of the course in approximately 7 hours. Your experience may vary widely based on several factors including your PC, internet speed and previous training. I recommend beginning the online session as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to complete all eLearning modules prior to the first in-person skill session.


In-Person Course Dates and Times:


Friday, May 31: 4-9pm

Saturday, June 1: 9am – 9pm

Sunday, June 2: 5-9pm

Monday & Tuesday, June 3 & 4: 4-9pm


Location: Somerset Beach Campground, 9822 Brooklawn Court, Jerome


Certifications:  Lifeguarding, First-aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Plus the add-on modules: Waterfront Lifeguarding, Epi and Asthma Training, and Bloodborne Pathogens.


Cost: $325  

Download info and a registration form here.

Detailed info

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 personnel take over.


To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session.  To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skill evaluation that includes the following:


1.      Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.  You 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.  You should place your hands under your armpits.

3.     Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.  Your 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 on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath.  You should not swim the distance under water.  Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

4.      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.


The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course.  Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.


To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.


The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity.  You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions.  If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins.

Please be prepared to provide proof that you completed the eLearning content using one of the following methods.

  • Print or take a screen shot of your online course completion record available at the conclusion of the eLearning course and bring it to the first in-person skill session. It will read “Proceed to Skill Session”.
  • Be prepared to login to the eLearning course on the first in-person skill session to display the completion status that appears above the “Launch Course” button.


If you have questions, please contact Nikie directly at (225) 281 - 3326 .