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Lifeguard Training Information

Mary Donahue Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training

Want a prepare for lifeguard training class, with time to get in shape and practice to pass the prerequisite tests for either Red Cross or YMCA lifeguard? Winter quarter 2017 De Anza College offers an intermediate and aerobic (which can substitute for advanced) swim class Saturdays starting Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 11:50. We have the entire swimming pool, so we can use both shallow and deep water as needed. And since I am a lifeguard instructor, you will get expert help getting ready to become a lifeguard.

Sign up for intermediate (34099) KNES-001C-01L OR aerobic (34098) KNES-002A-01L .


The 2012 Red Cross lifeguard manual is available for a free download at:

Enrolling in HLTH57A at De Anza can also give you a great head-start towards learning the first aid skills required for a lifeguard.


Below are links to lifeguard training info pages and study guides.

Try an edit-find function (hold down Ctrl, then type the letter F) on your computer to ‘search’ this page. Lifeguard Training FAQs has Details about the Red Cross prerequisite swim tests, including tips, tricks and advice for passing the swim test requirements for pool lifeguard, waterfront lifeguard and shallow water lifeguard, The page includes answers to these questions:

To become a lifeguard, do I have to have a perfect freestyle?

Do I have to be a fast swimmer? What if I’m out of shape?

Isn’t it difficult to rescue a heavy person who is sinking to the bottom of a pool?

Do lifeguards have to know how to dive?

What are the Red Cross certification written tests like? Preventative Lifeguarding has notes from various staff manuals, personal experiences and the Red Cross texts. It includes UNSAFE PRACTICES or potential problems TO WATCH FOR, areas where most accidents occur and disciplinary action for minor and major infractions. History of lifesaving Tips for guarding open water swims tips for guarding kids' triathlons  How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd's crook  How to rescue a submerged victim How to remove a victim from the pool canoe over canoe rescue can also be used on a kayak California Lifeguards and Title 22 pool safety deficiencies Neighborhood Watch applied to swim centers

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel study guide rescue board safety tips beach drag NOT RESCUE READY is photos of lifeguards on duty who were not ready to rescue Basic Water Rescue

Emergency Action Plan for a coach or swim instructor

Emergency Action Plan for a juvenile detention facility pool 

How to tell if the lifeguards are doing their job properly.   The aim of this page is to provide swimmers, parents, child care providers and other swimming pool patrons with a few guidelines to help them determine if the lifeguards at the pool they go to are doing their jobs properly. deaf lifeguards

lifeguard training: discussing professionalism is an in-service training project, or perhaps for lifeguard candidates who look at this page to consider on their own. What a certified pool operator (CPO) knows that lifeguards and swimmers should know.








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Last Updated: 11/8/16