Lifeguard Training Course - Pool & Waterfront

(ages 15+)

About the Course:

Become a certified lifeguard in just six days.  Students (must be 15 by the last class) will learn the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner.  They will learn a number of lifeguard techniques such as surveillance, rescue procedures, and how to care for someone who may have a head, neck or back injury.


Participants must pass a pre-course skills test and attend all classes in order to obtain certification.  Please note that all fees include a $25 nonrefundable deposit in the event that a participant does not pass the pre-course skills test and is ineligible for the training program.  

Fall Pre-Course Skills Test:

October 28, Sunday
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Barlow Mountain Pool
Registration Deadline: October 28

Fall Schedule & Fees:

Nov. 4 - Dec. 16
(no class 11/11,
Sun. 10:00 am to 5:30 pmBarlow Mtn Pool
(115 Barlow Mountain Road)

$370 Members

$400 Non-Members

Winter Pre-Course Skills Test:

February 21, Thursday 
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Recreation Center Pool
Registration Deadline: February 21

Winter Schedule & Fees:

Feb. 24 - March 24Sun. 10:00 am to 5:30 pmBarlow Mtn Pool
(115 Barlow Mountain Road)

$370 Members

$400 Non-Members

Pre-Course Skills Tested

  1. Perform a 550 yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.  Swim goggles are allowed.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes without support and without stopping.  When treading, only the legs can be used.  The head must remain above the surface of the water.
  3. Swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 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.  Goggles are not allowed for this event.
  4. Starting in the water, swim 5 yards.  Your face may be in or out of the water.  Submerge, swim under water, and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water.  Return to the surface after picking up all three dive rings and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.  Goggles are not allowed for this event.