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 $355. The funds are limited, so register today to ensure you can take advantage of the grant.
The American Lifeguard and safety training™ is a critical service nationwide with the support of employers and government agencies. This eLearning certification program of the American Lifeguard Association meets OSHA requirements for health and safety training and regulatory, licensing, and accreditation requirements. With our program, you can get certified at your own pace and join our over 25,000 active lifeguard members across the USA.
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The certification program is done through an instructor-led video training program with online materials and a final online exam, that lets you get certified right away as an individual or in a small group. The training can be accomplished on your own and at your own pace. Upon completion of your online portion of the program, you will be issued a two-year national certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. With this blended program, the employers are to assess your skills and encourage you to continue practicing the skills through in-service training.
With current national standards, all facilities must establish ways to confirm and maintain adequate skills competency for all lifeguards, including new, returning, seasonal, and current lifeguards. Required certifications and pre-employment tests can be part of that process, but do not eliminate the need for on-site orientation and in-service training. National standards state that the screening tests should not be so strict that they end up excluding 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.
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.
Please see below the complete information and all the steps needed to complete regarding our national lifeguard certification program.
STEPS TO COMPLETE THE ALA PROGRAM
- 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.
- Complete the online final exam
After you have reviewed the training videos and additional online materials and able to accomplish the 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.
All our programs require the participants to continue to practice their skills both 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 the above steps, 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.
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.
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.
- Continue with in-service training with your employer
Earning a lifeguarding certification means you have successfully 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.
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. The employer to evaluate your current skill level. Your employer may have you participate in rescue scenarios to ensure that you understand your responsibilities within your team and are familiar with your facility’s layout and equipment.
VERIFICATION AND DOCUMENTATION
Upon completion of the above steps, you will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the ALA certification program. Later the very same day you will receive another email with an attachment to the front and of your certification card and we request that you print out a copy of your certification card 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.
30 DAY PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE
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® And 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 after 30-days of your registration, on any training we offer within the county of where you live, at your local park authority, community pool, school or university, we will match it.
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.
To take advantage of our offer, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime within 30-days of your initial registration. Include the website, link, or advertisement where you found a better price. Once the lower price and source are confirmed, the American Lifeguard Association will instantly refund the difference. This offer is in addition to our 30-day satisfaction money back guarantee.
30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE 100% refund for 30 days – no questions asked!
To prove our confidence in the program, we provide and their value to you, we are offering a 30-day, money-back guarantee. All you have to do is to send us an email within 30 days from your registration date, and we will refund you for the full amount of purchase. You don’t have to tell us why you want a refund, but we’ll be grateful if you would let us know, as it will help us to better understand your needs and expectations and those of future members. We have always strived to create training based on member satisfaction and long-term relationships. The money-back guarantee is only a small part of the measures we take to ensure our members receive excellent training from the largest lifeguard association in the USA in a risk-free environment.
Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.
Prerequisites: 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 Association certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.
The American Lifeguard Association® is considered one of the top aquatic health and safety training programs in the United States. Founded in 1990, and with the assistance of the United States Senate, the American Lifeguard Association (ALA) has become a nationally recognized association. The American Lifeguard and Safety Training adheres to a code of ethics and maintains a commitment to delivering quality health and safety training worldwide.
We offer a national certification program that can be started and completed at any time and regardless of where you live. With our nationally recognized certification program, you can begin training anywhere and finish it at any time. 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 an online program that uses videos, manuals, and exams that you can achieve on your own and at your own pace. Upon successful completion, you will become a certified lifeguard through the American Lifeguard Association, which is a nationally recognized organization. In addition, our programs may be eligible for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and also college elective credits.
ADD TO CART to register. 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.
SKILLS COVERED IN THE PROGRAM
Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. 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.
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 in order 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.
- 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
- In-line 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
- Final Skill Scenario 1—Active Drowning Victim
- Final Skill Scenario 2—Submerged Passive Drowning Victim
- Final Skill Scenario 3—Head, Neck, or Back Injury.
Note: There are several ways to care for a spinal injury in the water. In this scenario, the victim will be face down and the student will need to rotate the victim face up with their choice of any of the different saves for this purpose.
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!
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