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American Red Cross Lifeguard Training


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For dates and hours check out our 2020 Class Schedule!!!  All courses are held at the Lynnhaven Dive Center.

Our ResQskills Lifeguarding Course provides all the materials and accessories needed for class in our Student Kit.  The Student Kit includes ARC certification card processing, CPR mask, and anything else you may need to begin training.  If you are a returning ResQskills student and still have your CPR Mask please select the Returning Student Kit.



To teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries.



  • Minimum age of 15.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the value of behaving in a professional manner.
  • Learn how to identify behaviors of a swimmer, distressed swimmer and an active or passive drowning victim.
  • Understand the components of an emergency action plan and how to activate it.
  • Understand the general procedures for an emergency occurring in the water or on land.
  • Demonstrate how to perform equipment-based rescues.
  • Learn how to provide first aid and how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.
  • Learn how to recognize and care for possible head, neck or back injuries.

Length of Course: 26 hours (including the precourse session)

Certification Requirement:

  • Attend all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in the three final skill scenarios.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the three sections of the final written exam.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period Lifeguarding/First Aid: 2 years CPR/AED for Lifeguards (which is equivalent to healthcare provider): 2 years

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