First Time Lifeguard Training with First Aid and CPR/AED that you can start and complete right away.  Save $100 today with special Grant!

First Time Lifeguard Training with First Aid and CPR/AED that you can start and complete right away. Save $100 today with special Grant!

  • $285.00
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The American Lifeguard Association® is pleased to announce that we have secured a national grant to lower our training fees. These funds will be made available until they are exhausted. The price reflects a special $100 discount due to the grant we received, for our regular price is $385. The funds are limited, so register today to ensure you can take advantage of the grant.

The American Lifeguard and Safety Training™ is a trademark of the American Lifeguard Association® health and safety courses. The American Lifeguard Association has been offering lifeguard training for over 30 years and has trained over 250,000 individuals worldwide. The US Labor Department has determined our lifeguard programs are equivalent to the American Red Cross training program.

The American Lifeguard Association® offers training to become a certified lifeguard through our blended program. The employers are to assess your skills and encourage you to continue practicing the skills through in-service training. With our program, after completing the online portion of our course, you will be issued a national two-year certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. Current standards require that employers evaluate the skills of all candidates before hiring regardless of the issuing entity. Our program's skills reflect ECC science and findings from the United States Lifeguard Standards Coalition Report.

The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that the American Lifeguard Association offers lifeguard certification programs similar to those provided by the American Red Cross and, therefore, satisfies 29 CFR 570.34(l). See the following link for full information. Field Operations Handbook - Chapter 33 | U.S. Department of Labor.

The American Lifeguard and safety training™ is a critical service with the support of employers and government agencies nationwide. With our program, you can get certified at your own pace and join our over 25,000 active lifeguard members across the USA.

Training is done through an instructor-led video training program with online reference materials and the final exam, allowing you to get certified right away as an individual or in a small group. We offer a new blended program where the employers are to ensure that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered. The employer also needs to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment. The American Lifeguard Association is available to work with employers that request assistance in helping with the program's evaluation part.

With national standards, all facilities shall establish and document ways to confirm and maintain adequate skills competency for all lifeguards, including new, returning, seasonal, and current lifeguards. Required certifications and pre-employment tests should be part of that process but do not eliminate the need for on-site orientation and in-service training. If screening tests are made too strict, they may exclude lifeguard candidates whose skills are not as good but whose dedication and personal characteristics could make them a better lifeguard than a person who can swim faster. 

Please see below the information and all the steps needed to complete regarding our national lifeguard certification program.

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 complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Lifeguard certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

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. 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 you tap American Lifeguard Association News.

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you may be of any age, but US Labor Laws require that you be 15 years or older to work at a swimming pool, water park, lake, and 16 years or older 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 completing this step, participants will obtain a Deep-Water Lifeguard certification as titled Professional Lifeguard and First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Per the new national standards, the certificate 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. The purpose of the ALA training program is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.

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.

The verification system allows validated certification to be viewed by employers and health department officials. We request that you print out a copy of your American Lifeguard Association certification once you receive this official email. Also, a waterproof, wallet-size certification card will be mailed to you the next business day.

  • Employee Orientation

An orientation session about facility operations and responsibilities helps lifeguards understand the facility, their responsibilities, and management’s expectations. The orientation is critical for learning what is unique about your workplace. Ask your employer questions about your facility and become completely familiar with your facility’s operations.

The employer ensures that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered. The employer also needs to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment. The employer to evaluate your current skill level. Your employer may have you participate in rescue scenarios to ensure that you understand your team's responsibilities and are familiar with your facility’s layout and equipment. 

  • Continue with in-service training with your employer.

Earning a lifeguarding certification means you have completed a training course on a given date. It does not mean that you have learned everything there is to know about lifeguarding. Once hired as a lifeguard, you should expect that you will be required to continue your training. 

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 program.


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 breaststroke. You must then 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. Therefore, even after you complete our program, you must 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.