Red Cross Training & Certifications

Lifeguard Training

Fee: $225

TrainingThe  American Red Cross Lifeguard training  course has both in-water and classroom requirements. Participants must be at least 15 years old and able to complete the perquisite required skills. Upon successful class completion participants will have a two year certification in Lifeguard Training and CPR-PR. 

Required Skills Test:
Prior to class participation all candidates must complete a swimming test which includes: 

  • Swim-Tread-Swim Sequence:
    Swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both -Tread water for 2 minutes using only legs - 
    Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.
  • Timed event: a 20 yard swim to a deep water, 10 lb brick retrieval and return to start in 1 minute 40 seconds

In order to successfully complete a lifeguard certification course all participants must complete the online course content, attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions, actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during skill practices, skill drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate proficiency in all skills, pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent and pass the final skill assessments. 

2024 Lifeguard Training Schedule: TBD - June 2024

Please contact Racheal, with your lifeguard training questions and to be added to the lifeguard training interest list. Employment questions should be directed to

The MCA offers lifeguard training classes at our outdoor facilities.  Those interested in employment as a lifeguard may also consider contacting area municipalities with indoor facilities to inquire about their course schedules. Click Here to see class offerings at other municipalities.

The MCA does not typically hire 15-year old lifeguards. The MCA may hire for programming hours if there are positions available and the applicant is certified in Lifeguard Training, First Aid, CPR and AED.