First Time Lifeguard training, working with employers and government agencies which meet the Statewide stay-at-home order that you can start right away! Save $100 today with special Grant! TODAY'S PRICE ONLY $285!

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic that has caused so much financial stress on families, we have secured a national grant to lower our training fees. These funds will be made available until they’re exhausted. The price reflects a special $100 discount on each of our national Lifeguard training programs. The funds are limited, so register today to ensure you can take advantage of the offer.

The American Lifeguard Association® offers a way to not only get certified now, but also connect you with employers offering summer jobs within your community! The American Lifeguard and safety training is a critical service which has the support of employers and government agencies nationwide.

How the program works is that once you register, we will email you all the links to the online training videos and reference materials to complete your training with us. Upon completion, your information will be sent out to the nearly 300 employers, we have direct contact within the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia area. The employers will contact you to offer summer employment. Once you decide who you want to go with, in regards to the employers we have agreements with, they will make arrangements directly with you to review your skills prior to actual employment at their swimming pool facilities. Due to the fact we have direct contact with the employers of over 1,200 public swimming pools in the local area, you will have numerous job offers to pick and choose. 

The American Lifeguard Association guarantees to all successful candidates summer employment offers. This program is available due to the substantial national grant that was given to our association to help overcome the shortage of lifeguards.

Minimum Requirements: Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 300 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive 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, exit the water without using steps or a ladder. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Lifeguard certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

The skills taught in our program reflects ECC science and findings from the United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition Report. With our training program, you will not have to wait for a group class. Our national self-study programs can be taken anywhere, and are practiced by individuals, schools, universities and community pools both here in the United States and abroad. The American Lifeguard Association® is one of only a few national certifying agencies for lifeguards.

The American Lifeguard Association (ALA) is a national educational association with the full support of both the Swimming Pool and Spa Association and Global Lifeguards, a nonprofit 501c3) organization. Both of these organizations are members of the Global Lifeguard Association, one of the largest worldwide aquatic consortiums, which has trained more than 250,000 certified lifeguards over the past 30 years.

To learn more about our association, you may obtain the latest news stories regarding the American Lifeguard Association nationwide efforts in the lifesaving profession we ask that tap American Lifeguard Association News.

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you may be any age, but US Labor Laws require that you must be 15 years or older to work at a swimming pool, water park, or lake, and 16 years or older to work at beaches. Our programs may be eligible for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and also college elective credits. Upon completion, we suggest that you contact your school or university for further details and eligibility.


  • Review all instructor-led training videos and online materials

Once you register, you will receive links to our online training videos, as well as an online lifeguard manual. These materials will cover various skills and techniques associated with CPR/AED and First Aid. You need to be familiar with and able to perform the skills shown in these materials.

All our programs require the participants to practice and demonstrate their skills in and out of the water. You can find a full list of these swimming, rescue, and first aid skills below. Upon successful completion of this step, participants will obtain a Deep-Water Lifeguard certification as a titled Professional Lifeguard along with First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Per the new national standards, the certification will be valid for two years from the completion date.

  • Complete the online final exam

After you have reviewed the training videos and additional online materials and able to accomplish your skills, you will need to go online and take the final written exam. Successful completion of the final exam requires a score of 80% or higher. You may review your online materials if needed at any time. There is no time limit to take the exam, but it must be taken at one time for you cannot leave the exam and return where you left off. If you leave the exam, you will need to start it over until completed. If you do not receive a passing grade, you can retake the exam until you pass at no additional fees. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a full printout of your exam score along with the correct answers to any questions you may have gotten wrong. We require that you look over your exam results to help ensure you know all the right answers. Upon completion, you will be given a lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid certification. The certifications will be valid for two years from the date issued.

You will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the program, and your records will be placed in a national verification system the same day you complete the final exam, you will receive a Deep-Water Lifeguard certification as a titled Professional Lifeguard along with First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

  • Continue with in-service training with your employer

Per the new national standards, the certification will be valid for two years from the completion date. The verification system allows validated certification to be viewed by employers and health department officials. We request that once you receive this official email that you print out a copy of your American Lifeguard Association certification. In addition, a waterproof, wallet-size certification card will be mailed to you the next business day.

The purpose of the ALA training program is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.

As with new national standards, the employer is to ensure that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered. In addition, the employer needs to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment.

To enroll in the program, click the ADD TO CART button at the top. Once you register and pay, we will email you full instructions on how to complete the online part of the program and reserve a space on a Saturday that best fits your schedule.


Swimming Skills:

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you will pass the swimming test portion of the lifeguard certification requirements.

  • Can you swim for 300 yards without stopping using the following 3 strokes in this order and with the proper form? Front crawl (freestyle) for 100 yards, Breaststroke for 100 yards, Either the front crawl or the breaststroke for the final 100 yards
  • Can you retrieve a weight from the bottom of the pool within a time limit of 1 minute and 40 seconds?

Beginning in the water, you must swim for 20 yards using either the front crawl or the breast stroke. Then, you must complete a surface dive to “rescue” a 10- weight that is 7–10 ft below the surface. Once the weight is retrieved, you must swim back to the point where you started (a distance of 20 yards) and get out of the pool without using steps or a ladder.

Rescue Skills:

  • Slide-In Entry
  • Stride and Compact Jumps
  • Rescue Approach—Front Crawl or Breaststroke
  • Simple Assist
  • Extension Assist from the Deck
  • Reaching Assist with Equipment and
  • Throwing Assist
  • Swimming Extension Rescue
  • Active and Passive Drowning Victim Rear Rescue
  • Two-Person Removal from the Water
  • Using a Backboard
  • Passive Submerged Victim—Shallow Water
  • Submerged Victim—Deep Water
  • Multiple-Victim Rescue
  • Feet-First Surface Dive
  • Front and Rear Head-Hold Escape

Caring for Head, Neck, or Back Injury Skills:

  • Manual In-Line Stabilization for a Head, Neck, or Back Injury on Land—Lying
  • Down, Sitting, or Standing
  • Using a Backboard for a Standing Victim on Land
  • Head Splint Technique—Face-Up Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Head Splint Technique—Face-Down Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Head Splint Technique—Face-Up Victim, Deep Water at or Near Surface
  • Head Splint Technique—Face-Down Victim, Deep Water at or Near Surface
  • Head and Chin Support—Face-Up Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Head and Chin Support—Face-Down Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Head and Chin Support—Face-Up Victim, Deep Water at or Near Surface
  • Head and Chin Support—Face-Down Victim, Deep Water at or Near Surface
  • Stabilization for a Submerged Victim—Face-Up, Face-Down, or on One Side in Deep Water
  • Using a Backboard in Shallow and Deep Water

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Skills:

  • Removing Gloves
  • Initial Assessment
  • Rescue Breathing—Adult, Child, and Infant
  • Using a Bag-Valve-Mask Resuscitator—Two Rescuers
  • Conscious Choking—Adult, Child, and Infant
  • Unconscious Choking—Adult, Child, and Infant
  • CPR—Adult, Child, and Infant
  • Two-Rescuer CPR—Adult, Child, and Infant
  • Using an AED—Adult, and Child

First Aid Skills:

  • Secondary Assessment
  • Controlling External Bleeding
  • Applying a Sling and Binder
  • Applying an Anatomic Splint
  • Applying a Soft Splint

Skill Scenarios:

  • Final Skill Scenario 1—Active Drowning Victim
  • Final Skill Scenario 2—Submerged Passive Drowning Victim
  • Final Skill Scenario 3—Head, Neck, or Back Injury.

The American Lifeguard Association suggests that all employers should follow the national standards and test each candidate they ensure the candidate possesses the required skills. Employers should also further their staff training through in-service programs to help increase their ability levels. At any time during employment, a staff member should be able to demonstrate their skills to show proficiency. It is therefore essential, even after you complete our program that you continue practicing your skills and work to improve them.

There is nothing more important than learning how to save a life, and nothing more rewarding than knowing you did it the right way. ALA has helped save tens of thousands of lives over the past quarter of a century. Learn to be alert, be professional, and save lives the right way. Get certified now and start saving lives!

To enroll in the program, click the ADD TO CART button at the top of the page. You can complete the certification program right away or at any time in the future. Remember, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee and a 30-day price match guarantee. If you find a lower price for your training or are not completely satisfied, simply email us and request a refund.

If you have any questions about the registration process or problems completing the program, please email us at We monitor our incoming emails 24/7 and typically respond to inquiries within just a few minutes.

Click on "ADD TO CART" at the top of the page to register.