Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to become a certified American Red Cross lifeguard?

Student must complete their 15th birthday on or before the end date of the course

What prerequisites are needed to become a lifeguard?

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 for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, 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. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

What curriculum is offered?

We offer the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. All certifications are valid for two (2) years. After the initial certification, the Red Cross allows currently certified Lifeguards and those who have expired by no more than 30 days to recertify. If your certification has expired by more than 30 days you must take the full course. The Red Cross no longer allows Lifeguards to challenge the course.

What happens if I miss a class?

Students are required to attend all classes. However, we understand at times that students may have an unavoidable scheduling conflict, sudden illness, etc. Students will be given a couple of different options on how they can make up any missed class(es). The student should contact the course instructor as soon as possible to discuss this.

How do we differ from other Lifeguarding Programs?

For over 15 years, Safety & Aquatic Solutions has been providing certification for world-class Lifeguards and CPR/First-Aid certified professionals. We are very proud of our reputation, and quality of the courses we provide. Our exclusive Body by Harry lifeguard training program is taught by experienced adults and we do not charge for the prerequisite swim, time retrieval of the brick.

What certifications are awarded to students who successfully complete a Lifeguarding course?

One certification is issued. The certification name is Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.

Do you offer CPR classes for public schools or workplace?

On August 20th, 2014, New Jersey State officials signed into law, Bill A2072, requiring all New Jersey public high school students to be trained in CPR/AED as part of their graduation requirements. The provisions of this law are effective with the 2014-2015 grade nine class. We offer flexible schedules and options to fit all needs and budgets. Please contact us to discuss!

How do I pass/complete the Lifeguard Training course?
  • Students must attend and participate in all class sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios
  • Pass all written examinations with minimum grades of 80 percent
Refunds and Cancellations?

Refunds are issued if students cancel in writing 24 hours PRIOR to the start of the program, or if a student fails to, complete, or pass the program. Traditionally our classes are held rain or shine. In the event of torrential rain or thunderstorm we will contact all the participants and reschedule the class.

If a participant is already certified in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers, is he or she still required to participate in the CPR portions of a Lifeguarding or Lifeguarding Review course?

Yes. Lifeguarding participants must successfully complete all lessons of the Lifeguarding course or Lifeguarding Review course. The CPR/AED portions of the Lifeguarding courses are fully incorporated within the Lifeguarding course. The certification for the Lifeguarding course is one certification that includes professional rescuer CPR as a part of it. There is no separate certification for the CPR portion of the Lifeguarding course.

Is there a crossover course for basic-level lifeguards certified/licensed in lifeguard training by another training agency, such as the YMCA, Ellis and Associates or StarGuard?

No. Individuals must successfully complete the full Lifeguarding course to receive certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

An added benefit - Lifeguarding Jobs!

Safety & Aquatic Solutions offers the exclusive, Body by Harry Lifeguard certification course with job placement assistance. Employers and aquatic companies/organizations contact us frequently throughout the year looking to hire our lifeguards. We also post additional opportunities that we hear or read about on our Facebook page. Safety and Aquatic Solutions. We also recommend a few locations where Lifeguards can make inquiries regarding possible employment opportunities.


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