Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics - Upper St. Clair Location is pleased to offer:

@ Upper St. Clair High School Pool
March 31st-April 3rd , 2022




April 2022

Thursday, March 31st



Friday, April 1st



Saturday, April 2nd



Sunday, April 3rd




Participants must purchase or download the Lifeguarding Manual from the Red Cross Web Site
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Participants must bring a copy of current valid Lifeguard Certificate and CPR Mask
If you no longer have your mask, you may purchase one from the instructor for $20


Participants MUST  complete 7 hours of online learning prior to the start of the course on 3/31/22. Instructor will provide necessary links.

The 2017 ARC Manual is required for all class dates. You may buy a hard copy of the book or you can download a free copy at www.redcross.org.

Purchasing a hardcopy is highly recommended.

The primary 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 professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Candidates Must:
  1. Be at least 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, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4.  Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.
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 you have a medical condition or disability that might prevent you from participating in the activities or have questions about being able to fully participate 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.
Please contact us at with any questions.
Once you have registered for the course, e-mail Coach John Richards with your e-mail address/phone number and your student's name.  You will receive a link to the on-line portion of the course within 24 hours of registration.  Please forward to your student. Upon completion of the on-line portion, e-mail the results to Coach John Richards.  At this point, the student will be provided with a link to access any necessary Zoom Meetings.  There will be required in-person training times, as well.  The in-person training sessions will be held with the course instructor, at the Upper St. Clair High School Pool and students will be expected to follow all Covid protocol outlined by the instructor. 

Click here to begin the registration process