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Waterfront Lifeguarding


Who needs a Waterfront Certification module?

Individuals who are interested in learning the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at beaches, public parks, resorts, summer camps and at campgrounds.

Course Cost and Length

Stand-Alone Certification Module

  • $125


Certification Module added to Lifeguarding Certification Course

  • $75

Course Prerequisites

Candidates must have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate in addition to a CPR, AED and First Aid Certificate. 


Skill Prerequisites

Candidates must: 

  1. Be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course

  2. Swim 550 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates 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

  3. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence

  4. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits

  5. Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds

  •        Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed

  •        Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object

  •        Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath 


Certificate Validity Period

  • The American Red Cross certificate for Waterfront Skills is valid for 2 years 

NOTE: The Waterfront Skills certificate is only valid when accompanied with current American Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR, AED and First Aid certificates.

Additional Class Materials

*This publication is included with registration as a digital file. Print copies can be purchased from the American Red Cross using the link below.

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual (purchased directly from the Red Cross website) Cost: $34.99

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