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Lifeguard Training


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General Information

The Seattle Parks and Recreation teaches American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. This course is approximately 30 hours in length and includes Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Lifeguard. There is also an optional 4 hour module that helps prepare students for the Northwest Lifeguard Test.

This American Red Cross course is your first step in becoming a lifeguard for the City of Seattle. The purpose of the Lifeguard Training Course is to train, educate and test an individuals ability to be a professional lifeguard.

Learning and testing elements include:

  • Being a professional lifeguard
  • Interacting with the public
  • Preventing aquatic injuries
  • Swimmer and facility surveillance
  • Rescue skills
  • Being prepared for emergencies
  • First aid for injuries and sudden illness
  • Spinal injury management
  • CPR/AED and emergency care

When you successfully complete the 30 hour lifeguard training course, you will be certified in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Lifeguard. Lifeguarding and First Aid Certifications are valid for two years. CPR/AED for the Lifeguard is valid for two year years.


  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • 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 may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.


  • Payment is required in order to register for the class. Please contact the pool to make a reservations, and for further information about fees and textbooks.
  • If participant is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must sign a permission/registration form.
  • Space is limited, registration will be done on a first come first serve basis.
  • Lifeguarding and First Aid certifications are valid for two years.
  • CPR/AED for the Lifeguard is valid for one year.

Last Update October 6, 2014


Sun, Dec. 28, 1:30-6:30pm
Mon, Dec. 29, 12-7pm
Tue, Dec. 30, 12-7pm
Fri, Jan. 2, 12-7pm
Sat, Jan. 3, 1:30-6:30pm
Location: Ballard Pool
Cost: $160
Pre-Test: Friday, Dec. 5 at 8:15pm and Wednesday Dec. 10 at 8:15pm
Course Code: #123841

For more information and other classes, see the Training and Certification column on our Aquatics Employment & Training page.

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