Lifeguard Training


In 1914, Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow started the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps in order to reduce the number of lives lost as a result of drowning. Aquatic Training & Consulting Service is proud to continue this tradition of creating safe aquatic environments as an authorized provider of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses. Each year, ATCS certifies hundreds of lifeguards by offering courses, not only in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, but also around the world.

Lifeguard candidates must be at least 15 years old and demonstrate strong swimming skills. Course participants learn what it takes to be a professional lifeguard:

  • Job Responsibilities
  • Patron Surveillance Skills
  • Rescue Skills
  • First Aid and CPR/AED Skills



To participate in the Lifeguarding course, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills on the first day of the course in order to continue in the training:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
    1. 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either to the side or to the front.
    2. 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick, and glide sequence.
    3. 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 – 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder.
  • Tread water using only your feet for 2 minutes

Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding Course or the Lifeguard Review Course, each participant will receive an electronic  American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, which is valid for 2 years. Students will receive their e-cert directly from the Red Cross usually within 7 days of the class completion.

LIFEGUARD REVIEW:  Students looking to renew their Red Cross lifeguard certification are eligible to do a blended learning review class provided that their certification is still current or recently expired.  Students will receive a link to the blended learning material shortly after registration.  This course work will require 4-5 hours of learning prior to the class date.  There is a $35 fee paid directly to the Red Cross in order to access the on-line material.  This fee is in addition to the $125 paid at the time of registration for the skill evaluation session.   Students should bring their on-line completion certificate to class.  Failure to complete the on-line portion prior to the skill session will result in the student being unable to complete their certification renewal.  Students will receive their e-cert directly from the Red Cross usually within 7 days of the class completion.

Course Documents

Policies and Procedures
Consent Form
On-Site Lifeguard Training
Emergency Information
Course Registration Form

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