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Lifeguard Training Classes

In partnership with the American Red Cross, the Aquatics Division offers lifeguard training classes for those interested in protecting the safety of swimmers. All classes will take place at the Wade Wehunt Pool, 1206 Myers Park Drive, 850-891-4903.

Steps to Becoming a Lifeguard

Lifeguard Blended Learning Course

This course is for participants seeking immediate City of Tallahassee employment only. Certifications will not be processed for those who fail to follow through with the application process and begin working. Additional fees may be assessed.

In-Person Skills Dates & Times

*Attendance at all in-person skills sessions is required.

Fall 2022 – Class 1

  • Friday, September 9: 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11: 8:00am-6:00pm

Fall 2022 – Class 2

  • Friday, October 14: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16: 8:00am-6:00pm

Register Online for the Lifeguard Blended Learning Course

This is a blended learning course (online learning and in-person skill sessions) for ages 15 and up

  • Successful completion of all eLearning modules, including the CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid final eLearning exam, is required before your first in-person skills session.
  • The eLearning portion of the course takes approximately 5-7 hours – and must be done BEFORE class begins.
  • Access to the eLearning content will be provided at the time of registration via an attachment with your emailed receipt.

Lifeguard Class Prerequisites

The prerequisite skills session will be held at the start of the first in-person class session to determine eligibility. You must be able to complete the following in order to participate in the class.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both – but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point holding the object with both hands and face out of the water, and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Swim goggles are not allowed.

Registration Information:

  • Register Online for the Lifeguard Blended Learning Course 
  • To register by phone, call the Aquatics Reservation Hotline: 850-891-4903
    Hotline is open: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 2:00pm Saturday 

Fees

  • FREE – This course is for participants seeking immediate City of Tallahassee employment only. Certifications will not be processed for those who fail to follow through with application process and begin work. Additional fees may be assessed.

Items to Bring to Lifeguard Class

  • Face covering may be required periodically throughout the class – when in indoor settings
  • Bathing suit/trunks (must be an actual swimsuit – NOT OPTIONAL)
  • Recommended items: Sunscreen, several towels and multiple sets of warm clothes

Course and Certification Requirements

  • Proof of completion of all eLearning must be provided at the start of the first in-person skills session.
  • On time and present throughout all in-person sessions. Attendance is mandatory and tardiness will not be tolerated. Participants will not be permitted into class late or to leave early.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and in the final skill scenarios.
  • Correctly answer at least 80% of the questions in each of the sections of the final written examination, including eLearning and in-person exams.

Areas of Concern for Lifeguard Class

  • NO REFUNDS will be given for those not completing or not passing the course.
  • Participants will be given a lunch break (at least 45 minutes) during each full day class.
  • Due to the nature of the skills in this course, you will be participating in strenuous activities, such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the floor and removing adults from the water. If you have a medical condition or disability or if you have any questions about your ability to participate fully in this course, please discuss them with your health-care provider and the Aquatics Supervisor before you start the course.