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Lifeguard Course

Blended Learning

Welcome to the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course. The primary purpose of this course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Please take note that this is a blended learning class. Which means participants are required to complete online content prior to the first day of class independent of the instructor. As well a portion of the theoretical content will be delivered by live virtual sessions (ZOOM).

  • Registration: October 4th- 20th, 2021
  • Fee: The course fee is waived for eligible applicants who plan to work for WPR
  • Register: Online at or at the Pool Office
  • Includes Materials: Lifeguard Manual, CPR Mask & Whistle
  • Course Schedule: October 21st-24th, 2021
  • Thursday (prerequisites/in person) 5:30PM-8:30PM, Friday (online) 5:30PM-8:30PM, Saturday (online/inperson) 8:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday (in person) 8:00AM-5:00PM

  • This course is a combination of blended learning (online), live virtual instruction (online) and in person skills demonstration.
  • Participants will need to contact P&R to obtain the link to access the blended learning section of the course.
  • Participants who commit to a minimum of 6 months of employment with P&R may be eligible for a fee waiver.
  • To access the discount code for the course participants must contact Kate Thomas or Lucy Robinson at the pool office.

  • The online portion of the course will take approximately 5-7 hours.
  • Participants will need to contact P&R to obtain the link to access the blended learning section of the course.
  • The session link will act as self-service platform that allows participants immediate access to simulation learning via a single link/URL per course and gives participants an easy log-in process to begin accessing these courses quickly.
  • Participants must complete the online portion of the class prior to the first day of the course.
  • Participants must bring their certificate of achievement to the first day of the course to be guaranteed a spot in the course.

  • Prerequisites will be held on the first day of class. (Thursday 6:15PM-7:15PM)
  • Location: WPR Pool
  • Age: 16 & Up
  • 300 Yard Swim: 6 continuous laps (front crawl, breaststroke or both)
  • Tread Water: 2 minutes using ONLY legs
  • 10 lb. Brick: swim 20 yards, retrieve 10 lb brick from a depth of 7-10 feet with both hands, return to surface, swim on back holding brick on chest 20 yards, complete in 2 minutes or less

  • Instructor: Kate Thomas
  • Office # 907-874-2444
  • Email:

  • To be a certified Lifeguard, candidates must:
  • Complete the online session prior to the first day of in person sessions
  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles, during scenarios
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills
  • Pass the final skills scenarios
  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 %. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80% on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the learner has passed the final skills assessment

  • Candidates must:
  • Meet the age requirement.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all of the prerequisite skills.
  • Describe the characteristics and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
  • Explain how to fulfill the responsibilities of a professional lifeguard
  • Define certain legal considerations and apply them to situations that might be encountered in lifeguarding.
  • Describe ongoing training for lifeguards.
  • Describe what it means to work as part of a lifeguard and safety team.
  • Describe the role lifeguards play in ensuring facility safety.
  • Identify how to ensure the safety of patrons when weather conditions create safety concerns.
  • Describe the role that facility management plays in facility safety.
  • Describe the drowning process.
  • Identify the behaviors of a swimmer, distressed swimmer, and an active and a passive victim.
  • Identify and define elements of effective surveillance.
  • Explain proper scanning techniques and identify tactics to overcome scanning challenges.
  • Identify various types of zones of surveillance.
  • Explain how communication with patrons plays a role in preventing
  • Explain patron surveillance techniques for various activities.
  • Identify how to recognize and care for a victim of poisoning, heat-related illnesses and cold related emergencies. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to implement an EAP, perform a secondary assessment and provide first aid care.
  • Identify possible causes of head, neck or spinal injuries on land.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of head, neck or spinal injuries.
  • Demonstrate how to care for victims with head, neck or spinal injuries on land.
  • Demonstrate how to perform front and rear head-hold escapes.
  • Demonstrate how to give in-water ventilations.
  • Demonstrate how to perform a quick extrication of a victim from the water.
  • Demonstrate how to care for victims with head, neck and spinal injuries in shallow and deep water.
  • Demonstrate how to care for a victim with a head, neck or spinal injury in shallow water.
  • Demonstrate how to rescue an active victim in deep water.
  • Demonstrate how to rescue a submerged passive victim in deep water and provide care.

  • Mask/Cloth Face Covering
  • Lifeguard Manual, Pen, Paper
  • Swimsuit, Towel, Goggles
  • Snack, Water
  • Sweats (optional) alternate between land and water skills

PC/Tablet Requirements for Online Course
  • Processor-Dual-core processor speed greater than or equal to 2.3GHz
  • Memory-4 GB
  • Operating Systems Desktop: Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6+ Tablet: iPad iOS 7+ (Safari), Android 4.0.3+ (Google Chrome) This course is not supported on smartphone devices.
  • Browsers-IE10+, Chrome 49+, Firefox 47+, Safari 9+
  • Cookies, JavaScript, images and HTML5 audio/video must be supported
  • Screen Resolution-1024x768
  • Color Depth-High Color, 32 bit
  • Bandwidth-2.0 mbps dedicated or faster; broadband Internet access recommended
  • Audio-Soundcard and either speakers or headphones for multimedia audio

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Lifeguard Blended Learning Course 
15 - 100 N/A SuThFSa  10/21/2021 - 10/24/2021
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Swimming Pool & Recreation Facility - Swimming Pool
$150.00 Res, $150.00 Non-Res
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