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Lifeguarding Courses

Information on Lifeguard Courses.

Junior Lifeguard Courses

A junior lifeguard course is also available for youth between 11-14 years old. Offered during the summer months at select pools.

Spring Break Lifeguard Classes March 21st - 25th

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Learn more about the Junior Lifeguard Course.

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.

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.

Program Prerequisite Skills

Swimming Treading Water Timed Event
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. Swim goggles may be used. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs.
Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds:
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • 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 in order to breathe (or to get a breath).
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Class Schedule and registration info. Sign up online today

All prospective City of Albuquerque lifeguard will get a waiver for a free class. Please call the pool to set up an interview. If selected, you can sign up to the blended learning lifeguard class for free! To set up an interview and receive a free coupon for the class please email [email protected] If we don't have enough participants before the first day of class the class may be canceled, so get in early!

 

All of these are blended learning courses, which means you must sign up early and complete an online training before the first day of class. The online portion takes approximately 7 hours to complete and includes 1 test that must be passed! You will receive the link to the course after you register. 

Betsy Patterson Pool at Sandia High School

(505) 275-6278

In person Dates - 2022 In person Times
September 19 - 22 4 pm - 8 pm
October 6 – 9 8 am - 12 pm
November 19 - 22 8 am - 2 pm (Co-op taught with Los Altos)
December 28 – 30 8 am - 4 pm

West Mesa Aquatic Center

(505) 836-8718

In person Dates - 2022 In person Times
September 10, 11, 17, & 18 12 pm - 5 pm
October 5 - 7 (Fall Break)
Wednesday 4 pm - 8pm
Thursday 9 am - 5 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
October 15, 16, 22, & 23 12 pm - 5 pm
November 7 - 10 3 pm - 8 pm
November 19 - 22 12 pm - 5 pm

Valley Pool

(505) 768-5349

*Valley classes are for City of Albuquerque lifeguard candidates only except for the December class which is open to all

In person Dates 2022 In person Times
October 6 & 7 8 am - 4 pm (City Candidates only)
November 11 & 12 8 am - 4 pm (City Candidates only)
November 19 & 20 8 am - 4 pm (City Candidates only)
December 21 & 22 8 am - 4 pm (Open to Public)

Highland Pool

(505) 768-3940

In person Dates In person Times
September 17 & 18 8 am - 4 pm
October 22 & 23 8 am - 4 pm
November 12 & 13 8 am - 4 pm
December 29 & 30 8 am - 4 pm

Los Altos Pool

(505) 768-4901

In person Dates In person Times
August 25 - 28
4-8 pm : Thursday and Friday
11 am - 4 pm: Saturday Sunday
September 20,22,27, and 29 4-8 pm
October 6 - 9 1-5 pm
December 28 - 30 4 pm-8 pm, class will be fully taught at Sandia but is a co-op between the two clusters

 

Before Class Starts

  • You must register for the course prior to the first day of class. The fee is $75.00 (FREE for City of Albuquerque new hires).
  • 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.