Lifeguard recertification training with First Aid and CPR/AED. This program allows you to extend or recertify your certifications for two more years. Save $100 today with special Grant!

Lifeguard recertification training with First Aid and CPR/AED. This program allows you to extend or recertify your certifications for two more years. Save $100 today with special Grant!

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We are delighted to announce that, thanks to our affiliation with the Swimming Pool and Spa Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit association, the American Lifeguard Association® has secured a special national grant to subsidize our Lifeguard and Safety training courses. In light of this, we're extending a limited-time $100 discount for all our lifeguard courses, effectively lowering the regular course fee of $285 for lifeguard recertification to a more accessible $185. Please note that this offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we strongly encourage you to register immediately to take advantage of this opportunity.


Whether you completed your original lifeguard training with us, the American Red Cross, or another national organization—or even if your previous certification has expired—you’re welcome to renew and obtain a two-year lifeguard certification through us. If your initial certification was not issued by us, once you’ve registered, we ask that you email us a copy of your previous certification at so we can update your records accordingly.


Enrollment is straightforward. Simply click on the 'ADD TO CART' button at the top of the page to register and start your course. You have the flexibility to complete the training at your own pace, anytime throughout the year. To underscore our confidence in the quality of our program, we proudly extend both a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 30-day price-match guarantee.

Flexible Payment Options

Understanding the importance of financial flexibility, we offer multiple payment options. These include full payment upfront or interest-free installment plans. In partnership with Shop Pay, additional payment avenues are available. Select the Shop Pay option at checkout for further details.

National Accreditations and Recognition

For over three decades, the American Lifeguard Association has received various national recognitions. Among these, we have been listed over the years on the CDC's Healthy Swimming website. Furthermore, both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recognize our certification programs as equivalent to those provided by the American Red Cross. We also comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and mandate employers to follow the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) for pre-service evaluations and ongoing in-service training.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the U.S. Department of Labor, acting as the federal Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), states that the American Lifeguard Association meets national standards for lifeguard training and certification and was found equivalent to the American Red Cross. We are among a select group of national training organizations formally recognized by the United States Government as meeting these requirements. Consequently, our certification fulfills national requirements in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Additional Resources

The American Lifeguard Association has trained over 250,000 individuals worldwide. We operate as a national educational association with the full support of both the Swimming Pool and Spa Foundation and Global Lifeguards, both non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Collectively, these entities comprise a key component of the Global Lifeguard Association, making it one of the most extensive aquatic consortiums globally.

Our commitment goes beyond training; we are proactive in advocating for water safety, improved working conditions, reduced training fees, and increased pay for lifeguards. Our outreach includes public service announcements, media engagements, and regular contributions as water safety experts on prominent networks such as the Weather Channel, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NBC.

For a deeper dive into our association's efforts and the latest news stories related to our nationwide endeavors in the lifesaving profession, we invite you to visit our YouTube Channel at American Lifeguard Association.

Quality and Accessibility

We remain committed to delivering high-quality training. This grant enhances our ongoing pledge to make essential training both accessible and affordable. Don't miss out on this opportunity—register today.

In-Depth Certification

Our certification process employs a blend of instructor-led videos, online resources, and a final online exam. Employers are authorized to assess your practical skills as part of our comprehensive training regimen, ensuring real-world assessment conditions. Upon successful completion, you'll receive a two-year national certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and first aid.

Comprehensive Skill Development and Certification

Our curriculum is meticulously designed to furnish you with the vital skills and knowledge needed to avert and manage aquatic emergencies effectively. Upon successful completion, you'll earn a two-year American Lifeguard Certificate, accredited for lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.

Take Action Now

Don't delay! Renew your certification and join our extensive network of active lifeguard members. The training can be completed individually, and you can earn your certification in as little as one day. To begin, simply click "ADD TO CART" at the top of this page.


Review all instructor-led training videos and online materials

Once you register, you will receive links to our online training videos and 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 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 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 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 materials if needed at any time. There is no time limit to take the exam, but it must be taken at one time; 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 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 for. The employer also needs to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment. The employer should 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 to be required to continue your training.

Employers must adhere to the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) guidelines, which mandate both pre-service evaluations and continuous in-service 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:

To pass the swimming test portion of the lifeguard certification requirements, you must be able to do the following:

  • Swim for 300 yards without stopping using the following three strokes in this order and with the proper form: front crawl (freestyle) for 100 yards, breaststroke for 100 yards, and either the front crawl or the breaststroke for the final 100 yards.
  • Retrieve a 10-lb weight from the bottom of the pool within a time limit of 1 minute and 40 seconds. Beginning in the water, swim 20 yards using either the front crawl or breaststroke. Complete a surface dive to “rescue” the weight that is 7–10 ft below the surface. Once retrieved, swim back to the starting point (a distance of 20 yards) and exit 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

National standards require that all employers test each candidate to ensure they possess 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!

The U.S. Department of Labor, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, sets the eligibility and establishes national standards for lifeguard training and certification across the country and is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). They have determined that the American Lifeguard Association meets these laws and regulations and offers lifeguard certification programs similar to those provided by the American Red Cross.

The American Lifeguard Association is just one of a handful of national training entities listed by the United States Government to meet these federal requirements. With this said, the American Lifeguard Association meets national lifeguard training and certification requirements for all 50 states along with the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, per Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which dictates that federal law is the "supreme law of the land." Federal regulations, such as meeting the United States Department of Labor requirements regarding lifeguard training and certifications, take superiority over state laws. Preemption applies regardless of whether the conflicting laws come from state legislatures, courts, administrative agencies, or state constitutions.

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.

Click on "ADD TO CART" at the top of the page to register.

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