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Lifeguarding Courses

Information on Lifeguard Courses.

Junior Lifeguard Courses

A junior lifeguard course is also available for youth between 11-15 years old.

See our Junior Lifeguard Course section for information.

Lifeguarding courses are provided for anyone interested in this rewarding field

The City of Albuquerque offers the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program.  The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course teaches a preventive approach to lifeguarding as well as rescue and lifesaving techniques endorsed by the American Red Cross. This course includes Certifications in CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Standard First-Aid. These additional courses are taught in conjunction with the lifeguarding course.

Listed below are the course prerequisites and completion requirements necessary to help you prepare for the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. As an applicant for a lifeguard certificate, you must fulfill each of the following requirements. Exceptions will not be made. Your instructor will elaborate on these during the first day of class or you may call the pool manager prior to the class. Please note that practice during this course requires strenuous activity. If you have a medical condition or disability that might prevent you from taking part in practice sessions, you should discuss it with your physician and your instructor.

Before Class Starts

  • You must register for the course prior to the first day of class. The fee is $50.00.
  • You must download the American Red Cross Lifeguarding manual and purchase a resuscitation mask. The book can be found here: Red Cross Lifeguard Manual. The mask is $15 and available at the facility where the course is being held.
  • You must be at least 15 years old by the last scheduled date of the class in order to enroll.

First Day of Class

  • Bring a swimsuit and a towel.
  • 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.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 – 10 feet, retrieve a 10–pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.

To Successfully Complete the Class

  • You must attend and be on time for every session. The total course time is approximately 24 hours. At the instructor’s discretion, additional hours may be scheduled for practice and review or to make up canceled classes due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
  • You must pass all in-water lifeguard skills and activities.
  • You must demonstrate competency in all First Aid, CPR, AED, and lifeguard skills and activities.
  • You must pass the written test with at least 80% on each section. There are 2 sections to test.

Upon Completion

You will receive:

  • An American Red Cross Universal Certificate for Lifeguarding / First Aid / CPR / AED valid for 2 years.

Signing Up

Please sign up at the pool where the class will be held; if we don't have enough participants before the first day of class the class may be canceled, so sign up early!

Location Date
Days Time
Sandia

November 27, 29, 30 2013

Wednesday

Friday, Saturday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Valley November 27 - December 6 2013

Monday, Wednesday

Friday

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sandia December 2 - 12 2013 Monday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
West Mesa Aquatic Center

December 26, 27 2013

January 2, 3 2014

Thursday and Friday both weeks
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sandia

December 30, 31

January 2, 3

Monday, Tuesday

Thursday, Friday

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sandia January 13 - 27 2014
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sandia February 11 - March 4 2014 Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Highland February 17 - March 6 2014 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sandia March 17 - 21 2014 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
West Mesa Aquatic Center

March 17 - 27 2014

Monday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Highland March 24 - April 10 2014

Monday, Wednesday,  Thursday

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Valley March 25 - April 4 2014

Monday, Wednesday

Friday

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

West Mesa Aquatic Center March 31 - April 11 2014 Monday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Highland April 12 - 18 2014

Saturday

Monday - Friday

9 a.m. - noon

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Valley April 14 - 18 2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
West Mesa Aquatic Center April 14 - 17 2014 Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sandia April 14 - 18 2014 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Highland May 10 - 22 2014

Saturday

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. - noon

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

West Mesa Aquatic Center May 28 - 31 2014 Wednesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sandia June 30 - July 3 2014 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Highland July 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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