SPECIAL NOTE: Candidates that are willing to commit to working a year at Mount Rainier Pool, can take the class for FREE! Please contact Kaitlyn at (206) 773-9683 to register.


The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course teaches candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session. Please bring proof of age on the first day (driver’s license, state identification, birth certificate, or passport). To participate in the Lifeguarding course, you must be able to demonstrate the following skills:

300 Yard Swim: Swim 300 yards continuously 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: Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates must place their hands under the armpits and keep their head above water.

Timed Event: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 12 feet, retrieve a 10-pound brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands on the brick and exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Must be completed within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Swim goggles are not allowed. Candidates should not swim the return distance underwater.

Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation on the first day and for every class.

All course materials are included in the cost of this course.

100% attendance (no exceptions), 80% on the written exam, and successfully complete required skills and final skills scenarios.

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding course, each participant will receive the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Lifeguard certification.

If there are any questions regarding this course, please contact (206)824-4722 .


Click here for schedule taking effect on January 21st.