Irvine Lifeguarding Course

Entry-level lifeguard participants will learn the necessary skills and obtain the critical knowledge to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies, and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel take over.

Age Requirements

Must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled session of the course.


Mandatory Online Course Prerequisite

To successfully pass the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification course there is a mandatory online course that must be completed before day 1 of your scheduled lifeguarding course. The online course takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete. Information and instructions regarding the online course will be provided after registration.


Pre Course Physical Skills Test

Participants are required to successfully demonstrate the skills required to safely and successfully participate in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. The test will be conducted immediately following check-in on day 1 of your scheduled lifeguarding course.

The Test consists of the following:

  1. 300-yard swim using front crawl or breaststroke
  2. 2-minute tread water without the use of your hands 
  3. Retrieve a 10-lb object from at least 7 ft in depth, surface and swim 20 yards with the weight,  and exit the pool without using a ladder within 100 seconds


Lifeguard Course Requirements

To successfully pass the American Redcross Lifeguarding course the following are required:

  1. Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  2. Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  3. Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  4. Pass both the Section 1—CPR/AED/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer and Section 2—Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80%.

Required to participate in the course

  1. Lifeguard participant Manual (download link will be provided after registration)
  2. Proof of age (government issued ID) 
  3. Online course completion certificate 
  4. Pen or pencil 
  5. Bathing suit & towel
  6. UV protection (e.g. sun block, rashguard, sunglasses, hats) 
  7. Comfortable clothes
  8. Packed Lunch (there will not be an opportunity to leave for lunch)


note: Blueray has a no-refund policy on lifeguard certification courses, please contact us if you have any additional questions.


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