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Junior Lifeguarding

AQU 101








Junior Lifeguarding

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The American Red Cross introduces the revised Junior Lifeguarding program, which is designed to guide youths ages 11-14 to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. The course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills of future lifeguards


  • Before entering the Junior Lifeguarding course, participants must: 

    Demonstrate the following skills: 

    • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side. 

    • Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards continuously while using a pull, breathe, kick, and glide sequence. 

  • Complete the Water Competency Sequence:

    • Step into the water from the side and totally submerge. 

      • Maintain position for one minute by treading water or floating (or a combination of the two). 

      • Rotate one full turn and orient to the exit. 

      • Level off and swim on the front or back 25 yards. 

      • Exit without using a ladder or steps. 

Learning Objectives

  • A defined course with a set lesson plan that includes developing swimming skills and practicing in-water rescues. The course is designed to be taught in approximately 30 hours and 45 minutes.

  • Introduction to first aid, CPR and AED knowledge and skills.

  • Appropriate for traditional pools, multi-use facilities, waterparks and waterfronts, including lakes and rivers.

  • Certificate of completion for participants who successfully complete the course. The certificate does not indicate that the person is trained to be a lifeguard, and there is no validity period.

  • A leader-led course that may be taught by certified lifeguards under the supervision of a Lifeguarding Instructor, Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor or Water Safety Instructor Trainer.

Other Course Details

  • Continuing Education Credits: 3.75

  • Delivery Options: Classroom

  • Length: 30 hours and 45 minutes

  • Certification: The Junior Lifeguarding course does not fulfill the teaching activity requirement for recertification for Lifeguarding instructors or Water Safety instructors.

  • Exam: None

  • Valid Period: N/A

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