The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.
Upon completion of this course participants will receive American Red Cross certificate indicating Waterfront Skills valid for 2 years. (The Waterfront Skills certificate is only valid when accompanied by a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.)
- Candidates must have a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
- Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
- Complete the following event in 1 minute, 40 seconds:
--Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water.
--Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 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 so they are able to get a breath.
--Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
--Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
Approximately 5 hours, 40 minutes
- Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
- Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions of the written exam.