A Journal Regarding the Process of Getting a Lifeguard Certification

By Maddie Grooff

Hello HB! I am currently in the process of getting my American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification, which I will be completing over the course of the next couple weeks. This article will serve as a documentation of the work needed, as well as a glimpse of what this is like.

As of February 28th, I am currently 7/10 of the way through the online education. Red Cross claims that the online course takes 7 hours, but I have found that it will go by much faster.

The topics are: Introduction; the Professional Lifeguard; Facility Safety and Patron Surveillance; Injury Prevention; Water Rescue Skills; Before Providing Care; Cardiac Emergencies; First Aid; Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries; the Conclusion.

The work itself is a mix of watching videos, reading, and answering questions. I have a habit of spacing out a bit during the videos, so I find the questions to be the best way to learn.

As of March 7th, I only have to do the conclusion. The way that I’m getting my certification is that I have to do the course work in advance, and will then complete the physical certification over spring break.