When you enroll in a lifeguarding class, there are various tools and resources included depending on your level. We offer classes ranging from beginner to advanced and expert, as well as classes in the pool and in the classroom. There are so many aspects of lifeguarding any professional in the field needs to know.
Each class, regardless of level, includes an orientation booklet outlining what you’ll be learning in the course. It will include reading materials, assignments, and physical exams. You will refer to this booklet to see when important dates are. You can also opt to get ahead in your studies by reading the study materials in advance and beginning to study for the exam.
Your digital login is a huge component of what the class includes. Each student will be given a username and password to enter the lifeguarding database. From here you’ll be able to sign up for practice exam time slots, ask questions to your instructor, and converse on study topics with fellow students in the online forum. It’s basically your lifeline to staying in the loop with your class.
Beginner classes include all introductory materials as well as complete access to the facilities’ lifeguard training equipment. You will have time during classes to practice your lifesaving techniques on the dummy, but if you need practice outside of class you’re free to use the equipment room. We encourage all students to spend time outside of class to practice and study the content they’ve learned. That’s why all classes also include a free anytime-access pass to the pools; you can practice your endurance and stamina swimming whenever the facilities are open.
Intermediate classes include the same equipment as the beginner class, plus we include more intense training equipment. In intermediate, you will be expected to tread water while wearing weighted vests, properly carry a dummy body out of the water, and then perform CPR on various ages and body types. As you progress, more is expected of you. All students must pass the physical tests to graduate to the next level.
At the advanced level, you’re given access to many more resources. You will be able to take online courses on finding the right lifeguarding job for you, marketing yourself as a lifeguard, as well as access to our job board. We list jobs from over 100 facilities in New York that employ lifeguards, as well as over 50 international companies that require lifeguarding services. Your in-person classes are highly specialized and usually smaller in class size. You will have one-on-one training and guidance from your instructor.
Lifeguarding isn’t for everyone; it requires dedication and commitment to completing the classes and passing the final exam. You need to master your swimming, on-land strength, technical skills, as well as scientific anatomy. If you’d like to know more about what the class includes (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), then feel free to message us on our Contact Page. We’d love to hear from you and discuss your lifeguarding career.