American Red Cross
Lifeguard Course Requirements
PRE-COURSE SWIMMING SKILLS
If you can answer yes to the following questions about the swimming test, you will pass this portion of the lifeguard certification requirements.
You must be able to swim for 300 yards without stopping using the following 3 strokes with the proper form. You will need only to swim 50 yards if renewing your Shallow Water Lifeguard certification.
Front crawl (freestyle) 100 yards
Breaststroke 100 yards
Either the front crawl or the breaststroke for the last 100 yards
You must swim continuously for 20 yards using either the freestyle or the breaststroke. Then you need to do a surface dive to pick up a 10 lb rubber brick 7-10 ft. deep. You must retrieve a 10 pound rubber brick from water at least 7 feet deep off the bottom of the pool and swim continuously for 25 yards carrying the brick. As soon as you pick up the brick, you must swim back to where you started and then get out of the pool without using steps or a ladder.It needs to be done within a 1 minute, 40 seconds time frame.
If you do not think that you cannot do the pre- qualification test, sign up for our class that will teach you how to pass the test!