The American Red Cross Lifeguard Review blended program trains lifeguards to act with speed and confidence in emergency situations both in and out of the water.  It combines online learning with onsite sessions conducted by a Red Cross-certified instructor.

Core content includes

  • Water rescue skills
  • Surveillance and recognition
  • First aid, CPR and AED
  • Breathing and cardiac emergencies

This 2012 update reflects the latest Emergency Cardiovascular Care science and findings from the 2011 United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition Report. Online learning allows students to complete lessons when and where they want, while onsite time focuses on the practice of lifesaving skills. Students arrive onsite already familiar with the skills that will be practiced there. The class is comprised of 7 hours, 25 minutes of online pre-work and11 hours, 10 minutes of in class time.


Individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate may participate in the review course.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

The responsibility for preparing for the final written exam is shared by the instructor and the participant. Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years and American Red Cross Administering Emergency Oxygen valid for 2 years.