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 can 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. Upon completion, we suggest that you contact your school or university for further details and eligibility.
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Don’t wait another day! Get certified and join our tens of thousands of active lifeguard members! Training is simple, and you can get certified in as little as two days. Click 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, waterpark, or lake, and 16 years or older to work at beaches.
STEPS TO COMPLETE THE AMERICAN LIFEGUARD ASSOCIATION PROGRAM
- Review all video clips and online materials
Once you register, we will email you the links to our online training videos. There is also a link given to online Lifeguard with CPR/AED and First Aid reference materials. The program has years of research and development placed into it and has current life-saving instructional skills using online standardized training as your instructor.
After you have reviewed the videos and additional online materials and are able to accomplish the skills, you will need to go online and take the final written exam. Successful completion of the final online 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 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 above steps and you will receive 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 your 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. The employer is to ensure that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered, and the employer needs make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment.
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 of the front and back 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 your 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® 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 many times 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 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.
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 breaststroke. Then, you must complete a surface dive in order to “rescue” a 10-lb 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 test each candidate they plan to hire to ensure the candidate possesses the required skills. Employers should also further their staffs’ training through in-service programs to help increase their ability levels. At any time during employment, a staff member should be able to demonstrate her skills to show proficiency. It is therefore important, even after you complete our program, that you continue practicing your skills and work always 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 this program, click the ADD TO CART button. You can complete the certification program right away or at any time during the year. 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 email@example.com. We monitor our incoming emails 24/7 and normally respond to inquiries within just a few minutes.
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