Participants must be 15 years old by the class start date and pass an in-water swimming skills test. The test includes a 300 yard swim and a section where participants must submerge to the bottom and retrieve a 10 pound weight within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under
your armpits. Swimming skills vital to the lifeguarding course will be reviewed if necessary. Instructors of the course are certified through the American Red Cross.
Classes are held on the first day of each session
Lifeguard Certification Course
Participants must pass the Pre-Course and be 15 years of age on or before the start date of the course. Classes are taught by American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors. Classes will be held at the Riverside YMCA and/or Allegany College of Maryland. Classes will predominately be held during weekday evenings and weekends. Each class session will have a full certificate and re-certification as well. Participants for both courses must pass 2 written exams and the water skills portion to pass. Passing is not guaranteed.
The course includes your lifesaving, CPR, AED and First Aid certification through the Red Cross which is valid for 2 years. Participants must pass both written exams with an 80% or higher and pass the water exam as well.