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Shallow Water Lifeguard Certification Course

This course teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.

Course Prerequisites

  • Minimum age of 16
  • Swim 300 yards continuously. Candidates may not swim on back or side; swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, 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 or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the value of behaving in a professional manner.
  • Learn how to identify behaviors of a swimmer, distressed swimmer and an active or passive drowning victim.
  • Understand the components of an emergency action plan and how to activate it.
  • Understand the general procedures for an emergency occurring in the water or on land.
  • Demonstrate how to perform equipment-based rescues.
  • Learn how to provide first aid and how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.
  • Learn how to recognize and care for possible head, neck or back injuries.
Course Length: Approximately 25 hours

Certification Requirements:
  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass both the Section 1-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2- Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:
American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED: 2 years

Registration: To sign-up for this course, email Ben Robert, Coordinator for Aquatics and Safety Education. Seats are limited, so please sign-up in advance.

Course Fee: $75

Course Location: McLane SLC, Room 308 & Pool

Course Dates & Times: participants must be able to attend all class days:

Thursday, June 12th: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, June 13th: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday, June 14th: 10:00am - 6:00pm:

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Waco, TX 76798
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254.710.3418 (fax)

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