The American Red Cross Lifeguard course will teach you the skills and knowledge required to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. On completion you will be certified for two years and qualified as a lifeguard in the US only, however this does not stop you from using your skills in an emergency in the UK or another country.
These will be tested on Day 1 and you must successfully complete all skills to continue on the course.
Swim 550 yards continuously without stopping, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Front Crawl, Breaststroke or a combination of both can be used but swimming on your back or side is not permitted. Goggles are allowed.
Tread Water without support and without stopping, using only your legs with hands under your armpits. The head must remain above the surface of the water at all times.
Start in the water. Swim 20 yards and surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back with both hands holding the object and keeping your face at or near the surface, to the starting point. Exit the water. Goggles are not allowed.
Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards. Goggles are not allowed.
If you have previous swimming experience then you should easily be able to complete these prerequisites, however we do recommend practicing before the course to increase swimming fitness.
Camp America will guarantee placement at a camp for participants who undertake the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course and meet the following criteria:
If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact Katie, one of our instructors, by email or on 020 7581 7357.