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With our program, you can get certified at your own pace and join our tens of thousands of active lifeguard members across the USA. The American Lifeguard Association promotes the safe and enjoyable use of aquatic environments through public service announcements and national news media interviews. The Association’s opinion and viewpoints have been aired numerous times over the decades, on network shows such as NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, Doctors, and Weather Channel. It has also worked with all the national news networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. To learn more about our Association and read the latest news stories regarding the American Lifeguard Association nationwide efforts in the lifesaving profession, we ask that you tap American Lifeguard Association News.

The American Lifeguard and Safety Training™ is a trademark of the American Lifeguard Association health and safety courses. The American Lifeguard Association has trained over 250,000 individuals worldwide. Our program’s skills reflect ECC science and findings from the United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition Report.

The American Lifeguard Association has been listed over the years with the CDC Healthy Swimming website. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) has determined that the American Lifeguard Association offers lifeguard certification programs similar to those provided by the American Red Cross. Also, since the early 1990s, we have helped ensure that all our training programs meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for employees.

The certification program is accomplished through an instructor-led video training program with online materials and a final online exam that lets you get certified right away as an individual or in a small group. The training can be accomplished on your own and at your own pace. Upon completing your online portion of the program, you will be issued a two-year national certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. All the training materials, including the videos, will remain available to you throughout your two years of certification so that you can refresh your skills at any time. With this blended program, the employers assess your skills and encourage you to continue practicing the skills through in-service training.

With current national standards, all facilities must establish ways to confirm and maintain adequate skills competency for all lifeguards, including new, returning, seasonal, and current lifeguards. Required certifications and pre-employment tests can be part of that process but do not eliminate the need for on-site orientation and in-service training. By doing so the employers will meet the new U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Good Faith Efforts.

The national standards also state that the screening tests should not be so strict that they end up excluding lifeguard candidates whose skills are not as good but whose dedication and personal characteristics could make them a better lifeguard than a person who can swim faster.

With our training program, you will not have to wait for a group class. Our national self-study programs can be taken anywhere and are practiced by individuals, schools, universities, and community pools both here in the United States and abroad. The American Lifeguard Association is one of only a few national certifying agencies for lifeguards.

  • Nationally-recognized organization
  • Training for individuals or small groups
  • Get certified right away!
  • Lowest price guaranteed
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Certification training at your own pace
  • Videos and online training materials
  • Get paid for your referrals
  • Offer swimming lessons through ALA endorsed swim program
  • Discounts given to employers for staff training [Contact us for details]
  • A certification issued the day you complete the program
  • Certification listed on national verification website same day of completion

The American Lifeguard Association is considered one of the top aquatic health and safety training programs in the United States. Founded in 1990, and with the United States Senate’s assistance, the American Lifeguard Association (ALA) has become a nationally recognized association. The American Lifeguard Association adheres to a code of ethics and maintains a commitment to delivering quality health and safety training worldwide. 

Don’t wait another day! Get certified and join our tens of thousands of active lifeguard members! You can get certified in as little as two days! Click ADD TO CART at the top of this page to register.

Please see below the complete information and all the steps needed to complete our national lifeguard certification program.


  • Review all instructor-led training videos and online materials

Once you register, you will receive links to our online training videos, as well as an online lifeguard reference manual. These materials will cover various skills and techniques associated with CPR/AED and First Aid. You need to become familiar with and able to perform the skills shown in these materials.

  • Complete the online final exam

After reviewing the training videos and additional online materials and can accomplish the skills, you will need to go online and take the final written exam. Successful completion of the final exam requires a score of 80% or higher. You may review your online materials if needed at any time. There is no time limit to take the exam, but it must be taken at one time, for you cannot leave the exam and return where you left off. If you leave the exam, you will need to start it over until completed. If you do not receive a passing grade, you can retake the exam until you pass no additional fees.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a full printout of your exam score along with the correct answers to any questions you may have gotten wrong. We require that you look over your exam results to help ensure you know all the right answers. Upon completion, you will be given a lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certification. The certifications will be valid for two years from the date issued. The purpose of the ALA training program is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.

You will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the program, and your records will be placed in a national verification system the same day you complete the final exam; you will receive a Deep-Water Lifeguard certification as a titled Professional Lifeguard along with First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

All our programs require the participants to continue to practice their skills both in and out of the water. You can find a full list of these swimming, rescue, and first aid skills below. Upon completing the above steps, participants will obtain a Deep-Water Lifeguard certification titled Professional Lifeguard and First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Per the new national standards, the certification will be valid for two years from the completion date.

The verification system allows validated certification to be viewed by employers and health department officials. We request that you print out a copy of your American Lifeguard Association certification once you receive this official email. Also, a waterproof, wallet-size certification card will be mailed to you the next business day.

  • Employee Orientation

An orientation session about facility operations and responsibilities helps lifeguards understand the facility, their responsibilities, and management’s expectations. The orientation is critical for learning what is unique about your workplace. Ask your employer questions about your facility and become completely familiar with your facility’s operations.

The employer ensures that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered. The employer also needs to make sure the candidate meets the physical and all other elements before starting employment. The employer to evaluate your current skill level. Your employer may have you participate in rescue scenarios to ensure that you understand your team’s responsibilities and are familiar with your facility’s layout and equipment. 

  • Continue with in-service training with your employer.

Earning a lifeguarding certification means you have completed a training course on a given date. It does not mean that you have learned everything there is to know about lifeguarding. Once hired as a lifeguard, you should expect that you will be required to continue your training. 


Upon completing the above steps, you will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the ALA certification program. Later the same day, you will receive another email with an attachment of your certification card’s front and back, and we request that you print out a copy of your certification for your records. Also, a waterproof, wallet-sized certification card will be mailed on the next business day.

Finally, your certification records will be placed in the National Verification system. This system allows validated certification to be viewed by employers and health department officials.


We owe our success to you, our members, and we know that price is a critical concern. We want you to feel confident that by choosing the American Lifeguard Association and you’re getting the best training at the lowest prices. Even though we routinely monitor our training fees to assure that our prices are competitive, if you find a lower price after 30-days of your registration, on any training we offer within the county of where you live, at your local park authority, community pool, school or university, we will match it.

We must be able to verify the lower price through a valid website that we do not price match. Lower prices that cannot be confirmed will not be honored. The training cannot be offered by an employer who you must go with regard to employment, for you receive reduced pay for the lower priced course.

To take advantage of our offer, simply email us at anytime within 30-days of your initial registration. Include the website, link, or advertisement where you found a better price. Once the lower price and source are confirmed, the American Lifeguard Association will instantly refund the difference. This offer is in addition to our 30-day satisfaction money-back guarantee.

30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE 100% refund for 30 days – no questions asked!

To prove our confidence in the program we provide and their value to you, we offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee. All you have to do is send us an email at within 30 days from your registration date, and we will refund you for the full amount of purchase. You don’t have to tell us why you want a refund, but we’ll be grateful if you would let us know, as it will help us better understand your needs and expectations and those of future members. We have always strived to create training based on member satisfaction and long-term relationships. The money-back guarantee is only a small part of the measures we take to ensure our members receive excellent training from the USA’s largest lifeguard association in a risk-free environment.

It provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 300 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive 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, exit the water without using steps or a ladder.

Participants who complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Lifeguard Association certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

The American Lifeguard Association® is considered one of the top aquatic health and safety training programs in the United States. Founded in 1990, and with the United States Senate’s assistance, the American Lifeguard Association (ALA) has become a nationally recognized association. The American Lifeguard and Safety Training adheres to a code of ethics and maintains a commitment to delivering quality health and safety training worldwide.