Lifeguard Certification Course

Lifeguard Certification Course Information

The 2021 Lifeguard Certification Course will be hosted during the month of April. Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will obtain a Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Bloodborne Pathogens and a Waterfront Add-on certification. The dates and times of the Lifeguard Certification Course are as follows;

April 9th, 2021 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

April 10th & 11th, 2021 from 8:00AM-6:00PM

April 16th, 2021 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM

April 17th-18th, 2021 from 8:00AM-6:00PM

In order to participate in the class candidates must successfully complete the minimum requirements of the pretest.  PRETEST begins at 6:30pm on Monday, March 29, 2021 OR April 5, 2021  at Veterans Pool. If a candidate is only able to complete the minimum requirements, they can audit or elect to skip the waterfront portion of the class. More details on the Lifeguard Pretest can be found below.

Minimum Pretest Requirements:

Swim 300 yards (continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of the two, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed)                 

Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs (Candidates should place their hands under the armpits)                             

Brick Test within 1 minute, 30 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  or head-first, to a depth 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards 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)

Pretest Requirements For Waterfront Certification:                                

Swim 550 yards (see details above under swim 300 yards, same rules apply, the distance just increases)                                

Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs (See details above)                               

Brick Test within 1 minute, 40 seconds (See details above)                                

Underwater Ring Test (Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence)


Payments for the course ($100) must be made prior to noon on April 10, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Park located at 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson, FL 34669. Payment for the course may be made after successful completion of the pretest. An additional $40 fee for the Red Cross certifications is required upon successful completion of the course. 


Candidates will be given a link to the course text book (FREE). They must bring a copy to class (digital or printed). The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual may also be purchased in advance online at:

Things To Bring:

  • · Bathing Suit (1 piece for females/swim trunks for males)
  • · Sunblock
  • · Towel
  • · Goggles
  • · LG Manual Text (printed/tablet/laptop)
  • · Lunch/Snacks & Drinks (Water)
  • · Mask & Fins (if you have them)

Additional Information:

Our lifeguard course is classroom based. There is no additional course work required to be completed on the computer, at home. However, homework and reading will be assigned. Additionally, we offer an optional practice night for those that want to polish their skills. Red Cross mandates that candidates attend all class sessions. If you have a schedule conflict we encourage you to contact us. In some cases we are able to accommodate and provide additional instruction if time and personnel allows. Please call Veterans Memorial Park with an additional questions you may have at: (727) 861-3033 or email