A lifeguard certification program that is flexible, modular, and half online.
Red Cross Lifeguard Courses
Our program is a blended learning experience involving both an online self-study component and an instructor-led component at the pool. The dynamic (A) online course and at-home final replaces what would have been done in the classroom sessions of the course and allows you to work at your own pace at home. After you finish the online course and at-home final, you come to the (B) instructor-led pool session and then a (C) testing session. Successful completion of the online course, at-home final, and instructor-led components, which includes written and skill tests, earns American Red Cross Lifeguard certification.
Here's how it works: You register, selecting a course date (B) and a testing date (C). If you cannot make any of our scheduled testing dates, we will create a custom testing date for you at no cost (not the 12-hour course).
A. Online Course & At-Home Final
An email invitation to begin the online course will be sent around April 15th. The at-home final is available upon your registration. These two things must be completed before the instructor-led course.
B. Instructor-led Courses (choose one):
Sunday, May 2, 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday, May 8, 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday, May 15, 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday, May 16, 9 am – 9 pm
C. Testing Dates (choose one):
Choose a testing date as soon after your course as possible. If you cannot make any of our scheduled testing dates within a week or two of taking the course, just write a note on the registration and we will make a special time for you with an instructor at no cost (not the 12-hour course).
Monday, May 3, 4 pm – 8 pm
Sunday, May 9, 4 pm – 8 pm
Sunday, May 16, 9 am – 1 pm
Monday, May 17, 4 pm – 8 pm
Sunday, May 23, 9 am – 1 pm
Our Camp Partners
Many of the best overnight camps trust us to train their lifeguards.
Our blended modular program is the most convenient way to become a lifeguard.
■We have the most options in Chicagoland.
■ If your schedule changes, you can switch to one of our other open courses at no cost, up to 48 hours before the course.
■ We have tons of training equipment. In most lifeguarding courses you spend a good portion of the class waiting around for your turn to train on different kinds of rescue equipment. This can shorten our course by HOURS!
■You have access to the instructor by email, phone, and text. You can ask questions ahead of time, voice your concerns, and get help.
■ We waste no time in our courses, they are fast-paced. We know how you value your time. You will never wait for your instructors to prepare, transitions are fast, and we streamline all aspects of the course. This can shorten our course by HOURS! We consistently hear from students who have previously taken courses elsewhere, that they sat around taking "breaks" or waiting for something for hours of the course.
■Most lifeguard courses are scheduled because that pool needs lifeguards. Extra spaces are then offered to the public. So often, to the instructor of these classes, teaching this is considered a nightmare of extra work. An attitude like that can really change a class. We love teaching lifeguarding and pride ourselves on having a great class.
■ We have small instructor to student ratios. This is one of the ways we keep our quality so high and it can shorten the course by HOURS!
■ Many lifeguarding courses are taught by people who only teach one course every other year or so, and may have never been a lifeguard, a class at a high school for example. We have certified thousands of lifeguards over 25 years. Our head instructor is a national expert in lifeguarding and has worked with some of the biggest aquatic facilities in the country, and has been acknowledged in lifeguarding textbooks.
■Our candidates have very high success rates in our programs because we are good at this. However, if you don't pass your lifeguarding course with us you have options you won't have in other courses. Because we offer so many classes, you can jump into another for the segment(s) you need more help with and take the test again at no additional cost. We will not give up on you!
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