Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Courses

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Lifeguard Training


Lifeguard classes will start in May for anyone interested in working for our pools

The Arlington Public Schools Lifeguarding program offers training in the nationally recognized American Red Cross Lifeguard Program. The course prepares individuals 15 years and older to become professional lifeguards by introducing them to concepts and skills necessary to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies in a swimming pool. Class participants must be 15 years or older before the last class date. The skills taught include water rescue, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid. Successful participants will receive American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid. Because this is a skills based training class, participants must attend all class sessions. There can be no exceptions.

Participants must attend and successfully complete a Pre-Course Session consisting of the following skills:

  • 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.
    • 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 brick.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back 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.

Course Fee:  $275 ($50 Non-refundable registration fee) Successful candidates will be eligible for full- and part-time employment as a Lifeguard with Arlington Public Schools. Hourly pay rates range from $9.15 to $14.50 depending on previous work experience.

Income-based fee reductions are available for qualifying Arlington Residents. Contact the Aquatics Management Office at 703-228-6263 for more information.

Blended Learning Class Some of our session are being offered using the American Red Cross Blended Learning curriculum. Students will be able to complete a fair amount of the class work online by using a hot-link, provided to them after they have successfully completed the Pre-Course session.

Dates: TBD

To register, please complete the Registration Form by clicking here

Please note: Courses must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.

Water Safety Instructor Course

This course will prepare you to teach the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim, Preschool Aquatics and Parent and Child Aquatics Courses.  Candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the  course, and successfully complete the pre-course session. The course will identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons, and class management principles.   Candidates will learn the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it.  Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participant’s progress in swim lessons and modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges including dealing with participants who misbehave.  Learn skills to accommodate participants with disabilities and other health conditions. Candidates must complete all reading assignments, attend all class sessions and participate in all activities, successfully complete all practice-teaching assignments and pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent (40 correct answers out of 50 questions). Candidates must be 16 years old.  Prerequisites include the ability to swimming 50 yards of the 5 primary strokes and 10 yards butterfly at a Level IV proficiency.


Course Schedule:

Course Fee: $400.00
(Non-refundable registration fee: $100)

To register click here.

Please note: Course must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.

Lifeguard Instructor Course

Course Fee: $400.00

Course Schedule:

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Please note: Course must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.

Lifeguard Instructor Review

The Lifeguard Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course is the required course for all Lifeguard Instructors and Instructor Trainers to re-certify in the r.17 American Red Cross course. The Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course includes:

  • Lifeguarding Program Review
  • Administrative Updates/Information
  • Written Exam
  • Skill Practice and Polish Session including in-water skills, drills and Multiple-Rescuer Response scenarios

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