Lifeguard Course

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Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

This is a blended learning course. Participants must try out to enter the course. Once they pass the tryout, then they can do the 7 hours of course work online and 24 hours of practical skills on land and in the water. This course provides certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Administration of Emergency Oxygen, Epi-Pen, Asthma Inhaler and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer for 2 years.

Fee: $150
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Try Outs

Everyone must try out to determine whether or not they can take the class.

The tryout consists of:

  • A nonstop 300-meter swim (front crawl / freestyle / or breast stroke)
  • Tread water without your hands for 2 minutes
  • Dive for a 10 pound brick, swim 15 meters on your back with it, and get out of the pool in under 1 minute and 40 seconds

If you pass the tryout, then you can enter the Lifeguarding course.

Please contact Cora Rhoads at 717-334-9171 ext. 129 or by email at to set up a pre-course tryout appointment.

Upcoming Courses & Try Out Dates

*April 30th Lifeguard Class has been Canceled*

Session 5 Class

Try Out: May 13 at 5pm

Class Times: May 17th 5pm – 9pm, May 18th 8am – 4:30pm, May 19th 8am – 4:30pm

Session 6 Class

Try Out: June 13 at 8am

Class Times: June 21st 5pm – 9pm, June 22nd 8am – 4:30pm, June 23rd 8am – 4:30pm

Session 7 Class

Try Out: July 18th at 8am

Class Times: July 26th 5pm – 9pm, July 27th 8am – 4:30pm, July 28th 8am – 4:30pm

Session 8 Class

Try Out: August 5th -7th at 10am – 11am by appointment only.

Class Times: August 9th 5pm – 9pm, August 10th 8am – 4:30pm, August 11th 8am – 4:30pm

Steps to Successfully Passing the Course

  1. Read the lifeguard manual.
  2. Finish all online course work.
  3. Attend all class days.
  4. Pass the written exams and rescue scenarios on the last day of class.