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Course Number:
PE 291A
Course Title:
Lifeguard Training
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Course Description

Provides instruction and training required to become an American Red Cross (ARC) lifeguard. Includes training in CPR, AED, and first aid for the professional rescuer. Provides ARC certification in Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid upon successful completion. Requires ARC swim screening test on the first day of class. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

In addition to the American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Certification, the ARC “CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid” certificate will be awarded on successful completion.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Use ARC certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid to apply lifesaving and lifeguarding skills in aquatic environments.
  2. Apply for Lifeguard positions, using knowledge of current employment opportunities. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Written quizzes and examinations
  2. In–water and on-deck skills assessments
  3. Attendance, participation, and practice records.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Professional lifeguarding
  2. Injury prevention
  3. Facility safety
  4. Patron surveillance
  5. Emergency preparation
  6. Rescue skills
  7. Breathing and cardiac emergencies
  8. First aid
  9. Caring for head, neck, and back injuries
  10. Basic precautions in disease prevention


  1. Understand the characteristics, benefits, and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
  2. Perform various in-water rescues
  3. Demonstrate modified swimming approaches and water entries
  4. Perform on-deck rescue skills including CPR, first aid, and in-line stabilization.
  5. Describe injury prevention concepts such as rules enforcement, patron education, and safety checks
  6. Demonstrate in-water spinal injury management techniques
  7. Perform victim recognition, and scanning skills
  8. Describe proper steps in emergency response