The primary purpose of the Red Cross Lifeguarding program is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. All courses include the following base-level certifications: American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, Waterpark Skills certification, and Administering Emergency Oxygen (all certs are valid for 2 years). A rescue mask will be provided as part of the course fee. Participants may purchase a current copy of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual online here (OPTIONAL).

All Lifeguarding classes are taught using the BLENDED LEARNING format which combines online knowledge acquisition with in-person training and skills sessions.  The online portion of the course MUST be completed prior to the first in-person skills sessions in order to continue with the program.  If it is not, the candidate will not be permitted to continue with the course and a non-refundable, non-transferrable $80 fee will be charged.


    Are you looking for a Lifeguard job at the Cumming Aquatic Center?  Great news, we are currently hiring for year-round and seasonal (summer) positions!  If hired at the Cumming Aquatic Center, the American Red Cross Lifeguard course will be provided to you at a deeply reduced cost.  For more information, please contact Jeremy Howell (phone 770-781-1785 or email  For more information about the hiring requirements and process, please click here.

    ARC Lifeguard Course Prerequisites

    The following prerequisites must be met at the first in-water skills session in order to continue with the program.  If this pre-test is failed, there will be a non-refundable, non-transferrable charge of $80.00.

    1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
    2. 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.
    3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
    4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:  swim 20 yards (no goggles allowed), surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve 10 lb. object, re-surface, place object on deck, exit the water

    ARC Lifeguard Review Courses

    The Review Course is designed to review the lifeguarding skills and core knowledge points required to re-certify lifeguards holding a current Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. Please note that if the Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate is expired, participants must take the full Lifeguarding course (proof of a valid certification is required on the 1st day of class). The review course is approximately 14 hours in length. If the participant also holds a current Administering Emergency Oxygen certification, this can be re-certified at the same time as Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED at no additional charge.