July 2019 Lifeguarding Certification Course

Jul 26, 2019 (05:00 PM) - Jul 28, 2019 (04:00 PM)
July, 19 2019


We are excited to offer you American Red Cross Lifeguarding Blended Learning. Blended learning combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency.  The online learning course is now open.  You may follow the instructions listed below to register anytime. 

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over.


To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session.


To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You 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.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    2. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    3. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  4. The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the on-site portion of the course. Please bring a swimsuit and a towel for the skills evaluation as well as for every session.
  5. If you would like to be tested beforehand, please contact me via any of the means listed below to set up a time.


To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.


The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins.


Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.


To register and pay for this class:

  1. Follow this link:  https://www.teamunify.com/MemRegStart.jsp?team=miaac&event_id=1068185
    1. Or go to www.alleganaquatics.com and find the Lifeguarding Certification Class on the “Events” page.
  2. Click on the “Register Online” button at the top right of the page.
  3. If you (or your child who will be taking the class) are not a current Allegan Aquatic Center member (or member of any of the teams through the Aquatic Center), you will need to click “Create Account”. 
    1. The “Account” section is for basic account information.  If you are registering a minor for the LG class, you will put parents’ information into the Account section.
    2. If you are registering yourself for the LG class, you will need to enter your information twice; first as the account holder and 2nd as the “Member”.
  4. Once you’ve entered your account information, you’ll be prompted to “+ Member”.  This is the actual Lifeguard Candidate.  Be sure to choose “Lifeguard Candidate” from the drop down at the bottom of the add Member page.
  5. You must agree to the Medical Waiver and Liability Release forms.
  6. You will then be prompted to check your information before being directed to the check-out page.
  7. Input your credit card information and you will be added to the list.


Please follow the registration process outlined below to gain access to the online portion: 

Register for and take the Lifeguarding Online Training Course by clicking here:


(if it does not open, copy and paste the URL into your browser). 

  1. You will first create a login/ password combination using your email address.
  2. REMEMBER this password!  You will be able to stop and log back in to continue your training at any time.
  3. Once logged in, click on “Launch Course” to bring up a separate window with the course content.

If you need assistance accessing the online session, please contact the American Red Cross Training Support Center at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

You can access a free, digital version of the Red Cross Lifeguard Manual by following this link going to http://www.redcross.org and searching, “Lifeguard Manual” or follow this link direct to the download a free e-version of the Manual: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/participant-materials.  

Many students prefer to use the print version of the manual/ textbook to help prepare for the final test.  You can purchase a print copy on the Red Cross Store (https://www.redcross.org/store/lifeguarding-and-learn-to-swim).

Prior to Friday July 26, 2019 5:00 pm, be sure to complete all online lessons. Bring a progress report to the on-site skills session to verify completion of the online lessons.  You must have this progress report to be allowed to complete the on-site training.  There are 3 ways to access this completion report:


  • A copy of the completion record that may be printed from the online course.
  • Visibility to the completion status that appears above the “Launch Course” button (requires student to log in to the direct links platform using the course URL provided by the instructor)
  • A copy of the email confirmation received upon completion of the online portion


Payment: When you register on the Allegan Aquatic Center website, you will be charged $185$50 of this fee will be NON-REFUNDABLE should you withdraw or be determined ineligible due to non-completion of online requirements or unable to perform the pre-requisite skills.  You will receive a full refund if the course is cancelled due to lack of registrants.


Training Details

                Each day, bring a suit, goggles and towel for in-water work (a lock for a locker) and loose-fitting clothes for dryland work.  We will take a 30-minute lunch break on Saturday and Sunday.  You may bring a snack or leave to get food during this time.  There are a number of restaurants located close to the pool.


Friday July 26, 2019                          5:00 pm-8:00 pm

  • Meet at Allegan Community Aquatic Center
    • Located at 1560 M-40 North, Allegan, MI 49010
  • Skills worked on
    • Prerequisite skills testing
    • Entries, approaches, rescues at or near the surface

Saturday July 27, 2019                     8:00 am- 5:00 pm

  • Meet at Allegan Community Aquatic Center
    • Located at 1560 M-40 North, Allegan, MI 49010
  • Skills worked on
    • Entries, approaches, rescues at or near the surface
    • Spinal injuries in water
    • Land based emergencies- CPR, AED and First Aid

Sunday July 28, 2019                        8:00 am- 5:00 pm

  • Meet at Allegan Community Aquatic Center
    • Located at 1560 M-40 North, Allegan, MI 49010
  • Skills worked on
    • Spinal injuries in water
    • Water based emergency review
    • Putting it all together – final scenarios
    • Lifeguard, CPR/AED, First Aid exams

**Some of the end times may change depending on class flow.  Please plan on being at the pool the entire time listed, with only the possibility of finishing early on any given day.