Loyola University Maryland

Department of Recreation and Wellness

Lifeguard Training Course

Learn the latest skills and techniques of water rescues in courses taught by certified American Red Cross instructors utilizing the most up-to-date ARC curriculum. This course will provide the necessary minimum skills to serve as a non-surf lifeguard and will cover:

  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Preventing Disease Transmission (PDT)
  • First Aid

You will be certified in Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED for Lifeguards.

Course Length: 19 hours class time

This course is taught in a Blended Learning format, meaning a combination of 8 hours of online work and 19 hours of class work time. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the course.

Program Prerequisites

  • Entry into the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is strictly limited to those who meet the minimum age requirement and have successfully completed the prerequisite skills evaluation. Failure to have attained the appropriate skill level could pose a safety threat to themselves and to others in the class.
  • Participants in the Lifeguarding program must be 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course. Individuals who do not meet the age requirements for this course should be directed to another course that is appropriate for their age range (for example, Junior Lifeguarding). Please visit redcross.org for additional course information.
  • If a candidate is not successful on the first attempt at the prerequisite skills, they only have one more opportunity to meet the prerequisites after sufficient rest, prior to the first scheduled class session.
  • If the candidate does not successfully perform any of the prerequisite skills, suggest appropriate developmental training opportunities and explain the specific skills that the individual needs to improve to be eligible to participate in the Lifeguarding course in the future.
  • Your ARC Lifeguard and CPR/AED certifications must be current on the date of the first day of class. No expired certifications will be accepted.

Program Prerequisite Skills

  1. 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. Goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for two minutes using only the legs with hands under the armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
    1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    2. Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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 to breathe (or to get a breath).
    4. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

Attendance and Refunds

Participants must be on-time to the scheduled course. If a participant arrives after the course has started, this will result in failure of the course, and ineligibility for a refund. Course fees are also non-refundable, if the participant does not attend, does not demonstrate proper skill competency, or fails the written or practical test.


We are currently not taking registration for our certification courses. Please email our Assistant Director of Aquatics & Special Events, Drake Belt, at debelt@loyola.edu to inquire about future course dates.