American Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes

Many teenagers and young adults think working as a lifeguard will be an easy and fun summer job that mainly consists of getting a tan and telling kids to "walk" while on the pool deck. However, there is so much more involved than that.

Some Lifeguarding classes don't fully prepare students to understand the full scope of what it means to work as a Lifeguard and a First Responder. Lifeguards who become certified through the Happy Fish Swim School not only learn all the appropriate rescue skills, but also learn the overall value lifeguards provide to the community and the weight of responsibility lifeguards have while on the job.

Working as a lifeguard can be a very rewarding experience. Our mission is to fully prepare you, mentally and physically, to start working as a lifeguard in your community.

Lifeguard Training - Full Course

This course will focus on injury prevention, aquatic safety, CPR/AED training, first aid, and spinal management. Please bring a swimsuit and towel to class everyday (goggles optional, but recommended). Each class will have a 45-minute lunch break.

• Must be 15 years of age by the end of the class.
• Must be able to swim 300 yards consecutively.
• Must be able to retrieve a 10 lb. brick from 7 ft. and kick on your back for 10 yards in under 1 minute and 40 seconds.
• Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes without using your arms (hands tucked underneath your armpits).

Blended Learning

We will be using the American Red Cross "Blended Learning" option to conduct this course.

Here's how it works:

1. Participants will attend a short pre-course session (see above pre-requisites) and then must complete an Online Learning Module which will be provided on the first day of class. This will take approximately 8-10 hours to complete.

2. Then, participants will attend a two-day in-person skills session.

3. A final multiple choice test will be given at the end of the second skills session. Participants must score 80% or higher to pass the course. Praticipants who score lower than 80% will have one opportunity to re-take the test.

Date Time Location
TBA TBA Happy Fish Swim School - Fremont
4831 Davenport Pl.
Fremont, CA 94538

(Participants MUST attend both classes)
Estimated Time 28.0 hrs.

Cost: $250.00


Lifeguard Training - Review and Re-Certification Course

If you have already completed your Lifeguard certification, then you must review and challenge the course every 2 years to show you still possess the knowledge and skills to continue working as a professional Lifeguard.

Please remember to review the entire Lifeguard Manual (download below) as you will not be able to re-take challenge test if you score less than 80%.


Review and Re-Certification
Date Time Location
TBA TBA Happy Fish Swim School - Fremont
4831 Davenport Pl.
Fremont, CA 94538
Estimated Time 8.0 hrs.

Cost: $150.00
(Cost includes a new CPR Pocket Mask)