Shallow Water Lifeguard training with First Aid and CPR/AED that can be started right away!

Shallow Water Lifeguard training with First Aid and CPR/AED that can be started right away!

  • $285.00
Tax included.

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!

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 within your county. Due to the fact we have direct contact with the employers of over 1,500 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 in the county they live. This program is available due to the substantial national grant that was given to our association to help overcome the shortage of 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.

The American Lifeguard Association is one of a select few nationally-recognized certifying agencies for lifeguards in the United States. 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 register participants need to be 15 years of age or older and be able to perform the following swimming skills.

  • 100-yard, continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke
  • Two minute treading using legs only
  • Retrieve a 10- dive weight from 4 ft deep, surface and walk 20 yards with the weight at or above the water's surface, and exit the pool without using a ladder within 50 seconds.

The purpose of the Shallow Water Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level shallow water lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5-feet deep and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Lifeguard certificate for Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.


Review all video clips 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.

Complete the online exam

After you have reviewed the videos and additional online materials and are 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 material 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. You will be mailed your actual waterproof wallet-size card in the mail the next business day. Your Lifeguard, CPR/AED, and First Aid certification will be valid for two years from the date issued. 

Continue with in-service training with your employer

With the new national standards, all facilities are to establish ways to confirm and maintain adequate skills competency for all lifeguards, including new, returning, seasonal, and current lifeguards. National standards require that pre-employment tests issued by employers must be part of that process, but do not eliminate the need for in-service training once hired. With this said, the employer is to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other requirements 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.


Upon completion of the above steps, you will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the ALA certification program. We request that you print out a copy of your American Lifeguard Association certification for your records. In addition, a waterproof, wallet-sized certification card will be mailed on the next business day.

Finally, your certification records will be placed in the National Verification system. This system allows validated certification to be viewed by employers and health department officials.

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 all certifications, employers need to ensure that each lifeguard candidate has all the skills, knowledge and the necessary requirements for the position for which he or she is being hired.


We owe our success to you, our members, and we know that price is a critical concern. We want you to feel confident that by choosing the American Lifeguard Association® you're getting the best training at the lowest prices. Even though we routinely monitor our competitors to assure that our prices are competitive, if you find a lower price within 30-days of your registration, on any training we offer within the county where you live, at your local park authority, community pool, school, or university, we will match it instantly.

We must be able to verify the lower price through a valid website that we do not price match. Lower prices that cannot be confirmed will not be honored. The training cannot be offered by an employer who you must go with in regard to employment, for you receive reduced pay for the lower priced course.

The American Lifeguard Association has tens of thousands of active lifeguard members nationwide. With our nationally recognized certification program, you can start training anywhere and complete it at any time. In addition, all our training programs are in accordance with the latest guidelines and recommendations.

After enrolling, you can complete your certification program in as little as a few days or a weekend, or you can feel free to go at your own pace. It is important that you read the following instructions on how to enroll and complete the training.

The national training program must be purchased before starting. After reading the instructions below, the next step is to enroll. To enroll, select “ADD TO CART" to pay the registration fee. You may be any age to start the program, but must be 15 or older by the requirements of U.S. Labor Law to work as a lifeguard at or water parks, and 16 or older to work at waterfronts and beaches.

The American Lifeguard Association 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 that make up one of the largest worldwide aquatic consortiums and have trained over 250,000 individuals over the past quarter of a century.

Shallow Water Lifeguard course participants will review:


If you can answer yes to the following questions about the swimming test, you will pass this portion of the shallow water lifeguard certification requirements.

  • Can swim 100 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl (freestyle), breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not permitted.
  • Can tread water for two minutes without support and without stopping, using only your legs. Your hands will be placed under your armpits. The head must remain above the surface of the water. Both hands must stay under your armpits. Your body position must be near vertical, not horizontal. you swim rather than tread or if your mouth sinks below the surface.
  • Can complete the timed Event – Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl (freestyle) or breaststroke, with your face in or out of the water. Goggles are not allowed. Submerge to the depth of 4 to 5 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, walk or swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object at the surface of the water, exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 50 seconds.


  • 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
  • Multiple-Victim Rescue
  • Feet-First Surface Dive
  • Submerged Victim—Shallow Water
  • Front and Rear Head-Hold Escape


  • 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-Dow Victim, Shallow 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 Splint Technique—Face-Up Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Head Splint Technique—Face-Down Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Head and Chin Support—Face-Up Victim, Shallow Water at or Near Surface
  • Stabilization for a Submerged Victim—Face-Up, Face-Down or on One Side in Shallow Water
  • Using a Backboard in Shallow Water


  • 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


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


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

You are encouraged to check with a healthcare professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the lifeguard course, please contact us by e-mail to discuss this before beginning the program.

Lifeguards are essential for helping to keep aquatic facilities safe. Unlike most other professional rescuers, lifeguards are present to prevent emergencies from occurring. Injury prevention is a primary focus for a lifeguard. Therefore, the program teaches how injuries occur and how they can be prevented. We will also teach proper surveillance, prevention, and victim recognition.

There is nothing more important than learning how to save a life, and nothing more rewarding than knowing you did all the right things in saving a life. Practice makes perfect. Being alert, being a professional, and being on top of your skills at all times can help save lives!

If you wish to enroll and start your training right away, simply click the “ADD TO CART" button. Once you have made payment, you may start your training by following the steps listed below on how to complete the national certification program. 

If you have any questions that we may answer, or any problems completing the program, please email us through the "Contact Us" icon option at the lower right of this page.

Select “ADD TO CART" to begin the program.