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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 December 22, 2014
More Information

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

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