What: American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification (blended online and in-person).

When: Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26. Detailed schedule below.

Where: Van Buren Youth Camp

Price: $350 (Includes food and overnight lodging.)

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in both shallow water (less than 7
    feet) and deeper water (7 feet or more).
  • Provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden
    illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) professionals take over.

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before May 26. To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite swimming skills evaluation, which includes two parts and takes place during the first in-person session.

Prerequisite 1: Swim-Tread-Swim Sequence

  • Swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. – Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. – Swim goggles are allowed.
  • Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.
  • Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.

Prerequisite 2: Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

  • Starting in the water,
    swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive (head-first or feet-first) to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping your face at or near the surface. Swimming the distance underwater is not permitted.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or the steps.

Additional Details:

During the first in-person session, you will be required to provide proof of age and identity.
Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, state identification card, passport, or
birth certificate. If a birth certificate is used to provide proof of age, an additional form of
identification with a photo is also needed to provide proof of identity.

This course follows a blended learning model, which combines online coursework with in-person sessions. You will receive an email from the American Red Cross with instructions for accessing the online course content. To get started, log in to the Red Cross Learning Center and from your home page, click on the class.

Please plan to complete all of the assigned online course modules at least 2 days prior to the in-person sessions. The online course content (16 modules) is designed to be completed in approximately 6 hours, with each module taking between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. You may require more or less time to complete each module.


Training Schedule:

Friday, May 24 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All training days will include outdoor sessions at the waterfront and indoor sessions in the lodge. All online modules must be completed by May 22.

In general, you will need to bring the following to each in-person session:

  • A swimsuit that allows for good range of motion and that will stay secure and keep you covered during physical activity.
  • A towel.
  • Comfortable clothing for classroom activities and practicing skills such as CPR.
  • Your Lifeguarding Manual (print or digital), hip pack, resuscitation mask and whistle. (extra hip packs, masks, and whistles can be provided to borrow or bring your own).

Register here: VBYC participant application.

Questions can be directed to American Red Cross Instructor, Kiernan Dean-Hall at deanhallkiernan@gmail.com.