For registered Girl Scout adults
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 participate in the course, you must be able to pass a
prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:
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.
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
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 Sara Leikin to discuss this
before the course begins.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an
American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED,
valid for 2 years.
Capacity:Minimum 5/Maximum 10