Course Requirements and Registration

 

Lifeguard Blended Learning Course

Prerequisites:

  1. Swim 300 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 are allowed.

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

  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 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 head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Purpose: 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 (EMS) personnel take over. This class is offered both online and with instructor-led skill sessions.

Certification Requirements:

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course

  • Must complete all online course work before the first Instructor Led class

  • Attend all class sessions

  • Successfully perform all required skills

  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios

  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Upon Course Completion you will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years. This certification includes Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED

**You will receive an email with the online session link once the class is available. **Must complete the online portion of the class prior to the first day of the course. **You Must bring your certificate of achievement with you to the first day of the course to be guaranteed a spot in the course.

 

Shallow Water Lifeguard Blended Learning Course

Prerequisites:

  1. Swim 100 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 are allowed.

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

  3. Complete a timed event within 50 seconds.

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

    • Submerge to a depth of 4-5 feet to retrieve a 10lb object.

    • Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Purpose: 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 in water up to 5 feet deep and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This class is offered both online and with instructor-led skill sessions.

Certification Requirements:

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course

  • Must complete all online course work before the first Instructor Led class

  • Attend all class sessions

  • Successfully perform all required skills

  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios

  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Upon Course Completion you will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years. This certification includes Shallow Water Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED

**You will receive an email with the online session link once the class is available. **Must complete the online portion of the class prior to the first day of the course. **You Must bring your certificate of achievement with you to the first day of the course to be guaranteed a spot in the course.

 

Lifeguard Review Course

Prerequisites: Individuals with a current Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Lifeguarding certificate may participate in a review course.

  1. Swim 300 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 are allowed.

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

  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 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 head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

 

Purpose: This is an abbreviated version of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course in which the participant will review and practice both the in-water and land skills.

Certification Requirements:

  •  Attend all class sessions

  • Successfully perform all required skills

  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios

  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Upon Course Completion you will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years. This certification includes Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED

Shallow Water Lifeguard Review

 

Prerequisites: Individuals with a current Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Lifeguarding certificate may participate in a review course.

  1. Swim 100 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 are allowed.

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

  3. Complete a timed event within 50 seconds.

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

    • Submerge to a depth of 4-5 feet to retrieve a 10lb object.

    • Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

 

Purpose: This is an abbreviated version of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course in which the participant will review and practice both the in-water and land skills.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend all class sessions

  • Successfully perform all required skills

  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios

  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Upon Course Completion you will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years. This certification includes Shallow Water Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED.

 

Lifeguard Instructor

Prerequisites:

  1. Be at least 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course. Possess one of the following:

    • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED

    • An equivalent certificate from another organization.

  2. Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Red Cross.

  3. Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Lifeguarding course.

  4. Successfully complete the online Lifeguarding Instructor Precourse Exam (80% or better).

  5. Successfully complete the Precourse Session.

  6. Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor’s Manual and Lifeguarding Manual after you have successfully completed the Precourse Session.

Purpose:

The purpose of the instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/or modules. Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue.

Certification Requirements:

To become certified as a Lifeguarding instructor, instructor candidates must:

  • Successfully complete the Online Session.

  • Successfully complete the Precourse Session.

  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.

  • Successfully complete class activities, including the four practice-teaching assignments.

  • Score a minimum of 80 percent (32 correct answers out of 40 questions) on the Bloodborne Pathogens Training Instructor Self-Study Test.

  • Score a minimum of 80 percent (12 correct answers out of 15 questions) on the basic-level Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exam.

  • Score a minimum of 80 percent (20 correct answers out of 25 questions) on the instructor course final written exam.

 

Upon course completion participants will receive a Lifeguard Instructor’s Certificate that is valid for 2 years.

Contact Elaina Kriz at elaina.kriz@patriotpoolservice.com for more information.

 

Lifeguard Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review

Prerequisites:

  1. Must be a certified current American Red Cross Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Instructor.

  2. Must have completed the Lifeguarding Instructor Online Update.

 

Purpose: This in-person Instructor/Instructor Trainer review course is the required course for all Lifeguarding Instructors and Instructor Trainers to re-certify. During this course, Lifeguarding Instructors and Instructor Trainers will participate in an in-water practice and polish skills session with their peers and a classroom-based review of Red Cross administrative policies and procedures.

Contact Elaina Kriz at elaina.kriz@patriotpoolservice.com for more information.

 

Swimming Pool Operator

Prerequisites:

Minimum age 16 years old

Purpose:

Course is designed to provide the knowledge necessary to safely and efficiently manage and operate swimming pools and spas.

Learning Objectives:

  • State regulations governing operation of public and semi-public pools

  • The pool operator’s responsibility for protection of the patrons’ health

  • Calculation of swimming pool volume, filter surface area, and flow rate

  • Filtration and circulation

  • Pool water testing, sanitation chemistry, and water balance

  • Heaters and hot water chemistry

  • Management of aquatic facilities

  • Pool operational problems and chemical adjustments

  • Care of seasonal pools

  • Disease and accident prevention, including safety in the workplace

 

Certification Requirements:

Pass a written examination with a grade of 80 percent or better.

Upon Course Completion participants will receive their Swimming Pool Operator’s License from the Maryland Department of Health that is valid for 3 years.

*Depending on which county you work in you may have to apply with the local Health Department for a County issued Pool Operator’s License

Provisional Lifeguard Review (Web Based and Classroom

 

Prerequisites: Individuals with a current Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Lifeguarding certificate may participate in a review course.

  1. Swim 300 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 are allowed.

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

  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 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 head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.

    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

 

Purpose: This is an abbreviated version of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course in which the participant will review and practice both the in-water and land skills.

Certification Requirements:

  •  Attend all class sessions

  • Successfully perform all required skills

  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios

  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Upon Course Completion you will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years. This certification includes Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED

**Prior to meeting in person the participant will have to complete an online portion. Upon completion of the online course work the current certification the participant has will be extended for 120 for them to complete the Instructor Led portion. 

Once the Instructor Led portion of the class is completed the participant will be issued a certification that is valid for 2 years.