1 Professional Lifeguard certification for Pools. The course prepares deck-ready lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams,and handle public relations in a professional manner. The candidates are continuously
evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete finalskills and knowledge assessments.


40 hours


15 years of age; Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard certification; current Standard First Aid with CPR Level C or equivalent


Red Cross Pool Lifeguard Instructor or higher


The course is continuously evaluated; final skills and knowledge evaluations


Attend and participate in 100% of the course; demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities; complete observation assignment during or after the course; pass a knowledge evaluation with a minimum mark of 75%


2-year certification as Red Cross Pool Lifeguard


5 hours minimum

Candidates with a current National Lifeguard Service (NLS) –
Pool certification and Standard First Aid with CPR Level C or
equivalent certification only need to take an 8-hour Transfer

Course Content:

>Introduction and the Red Cross
>The Professional Lifeguard
>The Aquatic Environment
>Communication and Injury Prevention
>Supervision and Surveillance
>Rescue Skills

>Head and Spine Injuries
>Responding to Aquatic Emergencies (includes AED
>for candidates who do not have these skills)
>Healthy Aquatic Environments
>On the Job

Course Materials:

>Lifeguard Manual
>CPR/AED Manual (for candidates who have a first aid certification issued by another agency)
>Whistle & wrist bungee (or breakaway lanyard)

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