Lifeguarding

The Top 10 Reasons to be a High Sierra Red Cross Certified Lifeguard:

  • Earn money and respect
  • Challenge yourself
  • Have fun
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Put your swimming skills to good use
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Meet new people
  • Make new friendships for life
  • Safeguard families in and around water
  • And most importantly… BE READY TO SAVE A LIFE!

Lifeguarding Responsibilities
Lifeguards help everyone enjoy the water and their summer safely.
The primary responsibility of a lifeguard is to ensure the safety of pool patrons and protect their lives.  This is done by preventing, recognizing and responding to injuries; enforcing facility rules; keeping the pool area clean; recording chemical readings and providing an enjoyable overall pool experience.
Lifeguarding is a responsible position, one that helps develop discipline, leadership and rescue skills that will be valuable for a lifetime.  In addition, lifeguards can add customer service, teamwork, decision-making and conflict resolution skills to their resumes.  And while safeguarding lives is a huge responsibility, it’s also rewarding and fun to be the center of the pool community!  Plus, how many other jobs let you enjoy summer by the pool – and get paid for it?

American Red Cross Training: What You Will Learn

  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries
  • Rescue skills – on water and on land
  • Training in first aid and professional rescuer CPR – to help you prepare for any emergency
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities such as interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons

Course Requirements

    American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification class:

    • Swim 300 yards continuously (1 yard equals 0.9 meters) 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 object (10 pounds equals 4.5 kilos).
    – 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 may NOT swim the distance under water.
    – Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

    Or American Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding Certification class:

    • Swim a 100-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed.

    • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs(in 5ft). Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

    • Complete a timed event within 50 seconds. (Goggles are not allowed for this event.):
    – Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke or a combination of both. The face may be in or out of the water.
    – Submerge to a depth of 4 to 5 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    – Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water.
    – Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.