The Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center Lifeguard Instructors are certified by the American Red Cross. That means you are getting a national-level course that will provide participants with the information to become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. Our courses are taught through a blended learning style, combining online learning with hands-on activities and lectures. These teaching methods combine to meet the demands of our busy lives, cutting down the in-person contact time and letting students go through material more times if needed.

In an American Red Cross Lifeguarding course, we aim to provide each lifeguard candidate with entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Lifeguard candidates will also be taught professional-level care for breathing, cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses to support victims until emergency medical services can take over care.

  1. Be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  2. Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl (freestyle), breaststroke, or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Goggles may be used.
  3. Tread water for two minutes using their legs only.
  4. Complete a timed event within one minute and 40 seconds:
    a. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards (goggles are not allowed)
    b. Surface dive (feet or head first), 7-10 feet, and retrieve a 10-pound object
    c. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the water’s surface. Candidates cannot swim the distance underwater.
    d. Exit the pool without using the ladder. Time stops when the object and the candidate are out of the water.

Can I miss a class?

Unfortunately, to become certified, you need to be at all class sessions. We practice skills many times, but they build upon each other.

How long is my certification good for?

Two years

What certifications am I getting when I sign up for the Lifeguard Class?

You will be trained as a lifeguard and become first aid, CPR and AED certified.

Due to our facility’s needs, we also added waterpark training so that you will become certified in the waterpark.

How do I access the online training?

You will complete the above pre-requisite skills on the first night of class. Once you pass the prerequisites, we will sign you up for the online training. Your instructor will show you and give you directions on logging in from home.

Lifeguard & Waterpark Lifeguard

Blended Learning. All online coursework must be completed before the first in-person class date. Please check your email up to 1-month before the first class date for online learning and course information.

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Lifeguard Review

This class is a review of current American Red Cross Lifeguards. In a review, you can renew your certification if all skills and exams are completed successfully. This is a course that requires water and in-class sessions to conduct.


Lifeguard Instructor Course

Through a blended learning style class, learn to teach a lifeguard course from beginning to end. You must be 17 years old and possess a current lifeguard certification. Skill assessment and polish will be completed in the first class. Due to the nature of this course, teaching assignments will be delivered two weeks before the class, and registration will be closed without instructor approval.

Program Contact Information:

Megan S. Pleli
Aquatic Program Administrator
206-842-2302 #102