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

Full Lifeguard Classes      Lifeguard Review Classes      Lifeguard Instructor Classes

 


  • November 22, 24 & 25
    November 22, 2017 - November 25, 2017
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    - Classes are 9-7
  • December 27, 28 & 29
    December 27, 2017 - December 29, 2017
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    - Classes are 9-7

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class certifies students in lifeguard training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid. The majority of our classes are scheduled for three 1o-hour days. Students need to bring a swim suit, towel and writing utensil to each class. Students must make the entire scheduled class times. There (more…)


  • December 30, 2017
    December 30, 2017
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Montgomery County – MLK Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring, MD For this location please register at http://www.activemontgomery.com. Students will need to create an account with Active Montgomery in order to register. To locate the class, please search for “lifeguard” or search the course code listed below to find the appropriate class. December 30 (more…)


  • January 13, 14 & 15
    January 13, 2018 - January 15, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • February 17, 18 &19
    February 17, 2018 - February 19, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • March 30, 31 & April 2
    March 30, 2018 - April 2, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 5, 6 & 12
    May 5, 2018 - May 12, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 18, 19, 20 & 21
    May 18, 2018 - May 21, 2018
    4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • June 1, 2, 3 & 4
    June 1, 2018 - June 4, 2018
    4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • June 16, 17 & 18
    June 16, 2018 - June 18, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • July 27, 28 & 29
    July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class certifies students in lifeguard training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid. The majority of our classes are scheduled for three 1o-hour days or two 5-hour & two 10-hour days (see below). Students need to bring a swim suit, towel and writing utensil to each class. (more…)


  • May 15, 16 & 17
    May 15, 2018 - May 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 22, 23 & 24
    May 22, 2018 - May 24, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 29, 30 & 31
    May 29, 2018 - May 31, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • June 5, 6 & 7
    June 5, 2018 - June 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Montgomery County (MLK Swim Center, Silver Spring, MD). For this location please register at www.activemontgomery.com. Students will need to create an account with Active Montgomery in order to register and the cost is $230. To locate the class, please input the course number listed below to find the appropriate class. May 15, 16, 17 course (more…)


  • May 22, 23 & 24
    May 22, 2018 - May 24, 2018
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Army Navy Country Club 1700Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202 The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class certifies students in lifeguard training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid. The majority of our classes are scheduled for three 1o-hour days. Students need to bring a swim suit, towel and writing utensil to each (more…)


  • June 19, 20 & 21
    June 19, 2018 - June 21, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Montgomery County (Upper County Swimming Pool, Gaithersburg, MD) For this location please register at www.activemontgomery.com. Students will need to create an account with Active Montgomery in order to register and the cost is $230. To locate the class, please search for “lifeguard” or search the course number listed below to find the appropriate class. June (more…)


  • November 26, 2018
    November 26, 2017
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Lifeguard Review Class is for individuals that are currently certified or recently expired lifeguards. This class requires completion of the blended learning materials which will take approximately 4 1/2 hours prior to the skill session. To access this material students will receive an email with a link to the material and they will need to (more…)


  • December 30, 2018
    December 30, 2017
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Lifeguard Review Class is for individuals that are currently certified or recently expired lifeguards. This class requires completion of the blended learning materials which will take approximately 4 1/2 hours prior to the skill session. To access this material students will receive an email with a link to the material and they will need to (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    February 24, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • March 31, 2018
    March 31, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • April 14, 2018
    April 14, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 12, 2018
    May 12, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 25, 2018
    May 25, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 26, 2018
    May 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • June 16, 2018
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Montgomery County – MLK Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring, MD For this location please register at www.activemontgomery.com. Students will need to create an account with Active Montgomery in order to register. To locate the class, please search for “lifeguard” or search the course code listed below to find the appropriate class. February 24 (more…)


  • February 25, 2018
    February 25, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • March 30, 2018
    March 30, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • April 15, 2018
    April 15, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 12, 2018
    May 12, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • June 3, 2018
    June 3, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • June 30, 2018
    June 30, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Lifeguard Review Class is for individuals that are currently certified or recently expired lifeguards. This class requires completion of the blended learning materials which will take approximately 4 1/2 hours prior to the skill session. To access this material students will receive an email with a link to the material and they will need to (more…)


  • April 28, 2018
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • May 27, 2018
    May 27, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Lifeguard Review Class is for individuals that are currently certified or recently expired lifeguards. This class requires completion of the blended learning materials which will take approximately 4 1/2 hours prior to the skill session. To access this material students will receive an email with a link to the material and they will need to (more…)


  • May 25, 2018
    May 25, 2018
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Lifeguard Review Class is for individuals that are currently certified or recently expired lifeguards. This class requires completion of the blended learning materials which will take approximately 4 1/2 hours prior to the skill session. To access this material students will receive an email with a link to the material and they will need to (more…)