Lifeguard Training

Course Description:

The primary purpose of the courses in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to:

  •  Prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies.
  •  Provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) professionals take over.

Participants are required to attend all course sessions and pass a written and skills test with at least 80% in order to pass. The minimum age for this class is 15 years old by the last day of class.


  • 15 years of age before the last day of the class
  • Must pass a pre-course evaluation with the following elements:
    • Swim, Tread, Swim Sequence: Swim 150yds (front crawl or breaststroke) nonstop, tread water for 2 min using only legs, swim 50yds (front crawl or breaststroke).  
    • Timed Event: Swim 20 yards, retrieve 10 lb brick from 7-10ft deep, swim 20 yards with brick within 1 minute 40 seconds

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

Refunds are not provided for courses except in extenuating circumstances. If a participant cannot pass the prerequisite skills, a refund will be provided, minus a $10 fee. 


  • $155 for WSU students/faculty/staff | $165 for community members
    • Cost includes non-refundable $10 fee for pre-test
  • Participants may purchase a CPR Mask for $15

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Upcoming Classes 

  • April 13-24, M/W/F, 5-9pm
    • Pre-Test Sat April 13, 12pm
  • May 6-17, M-Th, 4:30-7:30pm

Requires a minimum of 5 participants