American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes

Lifeguarding with CPR / AED for Professional Rescuers and Administering Emergency Oxygen


  The primary purpose of the Red Cross Lifeguarding program is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. The Administering Emergency Oxygen module gives participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs) and emergency oxygen.

  All courses include the following base-level certifications: American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (valid for 2 years) and Administering Emergency Oxygen (valid for 2 years).  A rescue mask will be provided as part of the course fee.  Participants will need to obtain an current copy of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual, which can be downloaded free of charge from the American Red Cross website. 

(class length is approximately 27-30 hours)


Class Dates & Times ($258 class fee for Lifeguard with no Water Park and $288 for Lifeguard with Water Park  - $155 refundable if candidates is hired by the Cumming Aquatic Center)


Spring Session 4:  Lifeguard With Water Park Certification

Saturday, May 16th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 17th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, May 23rd from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 24th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Summer Session 6:  Lifeguard with Water Park Certification

Saturday, June 6th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 7th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, June 13th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, June 14th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm




** Please note that we will be hiring part-time staff directly from this class and anyone hired will be eligible for a $155 refund if the following criteria are met:


  • Successfully complete the interview process at the Cumming Aquatic Center
  • Successfully complete the American Red Cross Lifeguard course, including all pre-test requirements as well as the brick test in 13.5 feet of water (CAC requirement)
  • Complete and pass all application and employment requirements required by the City of Cumming
  • Commit to 10 hours of open availability during facility operation hours in Fall/Winter/Spring and 20 hours of open availability during the Summer months (when the Outdoor Leisure Pool is open)
  • Complete 60 days of employment with the CAC
  • We TRY to hire 16 year olds since it is required that our staff be 16 in order to operate the slide.  However, we have hired 15 year olds in the past and 15 year olds are still welcome to apply.


Please contact Jeremy Howell for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 770.781.1781.  If you are hired and DO NOT hold a Water Park certification, you will be required to take it for a reduced fee of $19 fee before summer (class to be provided by CAC).


Course Prerequisites

The following prerequisites must be met in order to continue with the program (if this pre-test is failed there will be a charge of $75.00):

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • 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.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:

1.  Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.

2.  Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

3.  Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.





Lifeguarding with CPR / AED for Professional Rescuers and Administering Emergency Oxygen REVIEW COURSE


The Review Course is designed to review the lifeguarding skills and core knowledge points required to recertify lifeguards holding a current Red Cross, YMCA, Ellis, or Star Guard Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification.  In order to be eligible for the course, participants must hold a current Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification.  In order to be eligible for the course, participants must present a copy of the current Lifeguarding CPR/AED certification to the instructor before the start of the class to verify the expiration date.  Please note that if the Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate is expired, participants must take the full Lifeguarding course.  The review course is approximately 12-13 hours in length.  If required, participants who need to renew their Water Park certification can do so in either the May or June classes.  Candidates who need to re-certify their Lifeguard certification only (no Waterpark) can take any of the Review classes.  If the participant also holds a current Administering Emergency Oxygen certification, this can be re-certed at the same time as Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED at no additional charge.


Spring Session 5

Saturday, May 16th from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Review Course Fee:  $129







Lifeguard Class Fee


$258.00 (No Waterpark - Feb/Mar/Apr)

$288.00 (Waterpark - May/June)


($75 is non-refundable if pre-test is failed)

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual


Download here