1. Do 1 (a), (b), or (c)

(a) Complete the Boy Scout or Venturing Lifeguard requirements and hold a current certification. (Note: BSA Lifeguard certification lasts for three years from the time of certification.)

(b) Complete a 45-plus-hour emergency response course or an EMT Basic course.

(c) Earn the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate.

2.     (a) Help build a crew or family first aid kit.

(b) Know how to use everything in the kit.

(c) Teach another person or group how to make and use a first aid kit.


The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid and Safety (Standard First Aid). This course is taught by an instructor who is certified and authorized by the local American Red Cross chapter. To successfully complete the course and receive certification, you will be given a written test and a practical, in-water evaluation. An American Red Cross certificate in Lifeguard Training and Community First Aid and Safety, along with a separate certification for CPR for the Professional Rescuer will be available to graduates. A lapel pin is available and some chapters offer sew-on patches. Once you receive certification, you are eligible for employment as a professional lifeguard.


American Red Cross, Emergency Response, Mosby-Year Book, 1997

American Red Cross, Head Lifeguard, Mosby-Year Book, 1995

American Red Cross, Lifequarding Today, Mosby-Year Book, 1995

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