Shallow Water Lifeguard training with First Aid and CPR/AED + $285 First Time and $185 Recerts. Training you can start now and complete at your own pace.

Shallow Water Lifeguard training with First Aid and CPR/AED + $285 First Time and $185 Recerts. Training you can start now and complete at your own pace.

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Savings Announcement from the American Lifeguard Association®

We're thrilled to share that we've secured a national grant for 2023-24. This means we can now reduce our Lifeguard and Safety training fees by $100. Enroll now and pay just $285, down from the regular $385, while this special offer lasts. Seize this chance to upgrade your skills and save!

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Prestigious Recognitions for the American Lifeguard Association®

Our dedication to safety and training hasn't gone unnoticed. The CDC's Healthy Swimming website has listed us over the years as a national training entity. Additionally, both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) have found our lifeguard certification programs similar to those of the American Red Cross and have stated that we meet national lifeguard requirements. Since the early 1990s, we've ensured our training aligns with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

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Ready to dive in? Simply click 'ADD TO CART' and proceed to checkout. Begin the certification at your convenience—either right away or later in the year. Your investment is risk-free. We stand by a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 30-day price match guarantee. If you discover a better training price elsewhere or aren't wholly satisfied, drop us an email for a full refund.

This program is for both first-time and recert candidates. Regardless of whether you took your original lifeguard training with us or the American Red Cross or your previous certification has expired, you can recert through us and obtain a two-year certification. If you did not initially get certified through us, you only need to email us a copy of your previous certificate after registering, so we may add it to your file.

Recertifying your certification with us? Don't forget to use discount code RECERT at checkout for an extra $100 off. You'll see your price reduced to just $185. Whether you trained with us or another national organization, you're eligible for this discount. Simply email us a copy of your old certification at after registering and paying. Save money and maintain your certification with ease!

Shallow water lifeguards respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5 feet deep. The course is designed for participants that wish to lifeguard at aquatic facilities with a maximum water depth of 5 feet or less. To register, participants must be 15 years of age or older and can perform the following skills.

  • 100-yard, continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke
  • 2-minute 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 complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Lifeguard certificate for Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

The American Lifeguard Association (ALA) has the support of Global Lifeguards and the Swimming Pool and Spa Foundation, which are 501(c)(3) nonprofit associations that oversee beaches and swimming pools. ALA works directly with employers nationwide to help train lifeguard professionals. The primary purpose of ALA is to reduce drownings and to help keep our swimming pools, beaches, and waterways safer.

At the American Lifeguard Association, we're dedicated to promoting safe and enjoyable aquatic environments. Our public service announcements and national news media interviews have been featured on top network shows, including NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, Doctors, and Weather Channel, and we've collaborated with ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC news networks. Want to learn more about our association and stay up-to-date on the latest news stories? To check out American Lifeguard Association news for all the details, we ask that you tap American Lifeguard Association News.

The American Lifeguard and Safety Training™ is a trademark of the American Lifeguard Association health and safety courses. The American Lifeguard Association is one of the top associations specializing in the training and certifying of candidates in the American aquatics and safety training profession, which has trained over 250,000 individuals worldwide. 

Our program's skills reflect ECC science and findings from the United States Lifeguard Training Standards Coalition. We also require that employers meet the new Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) requirement to conduct pre-service evaluations and in-service training.

We offer American Lifeguard & Safety Training to become a certified lifeguard through distance learning. With our blended program, after completing the online portion of our course, you will be issued a national two-year certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid.  

The American Lifeguard and safety training™ is a critical service with the support of employers and government agencies nationwide. With our program, you can get certified at your own pace and join our tens of thousands of active lifeguard members across the USA.

The certification program is accomplished 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. All our programs require the participants to practice their skills both in and out of the water. Upon completing your online portion of the program, you will be issued a two-year national certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid. All the training materials, including the videos, will remain available to you throughout your two years of certification so that you can refresh your skills at any time. If you need assistance at any point during your training, we are available 24/7 in real-time to assist at

With this blended program, the employers assess your skills and encourage you to continue practicing the skills through in-service training. See the following link American Lifeguard Association to view our new 2023 training videos, which examine proper rescue techniques and victim care.

With our blended program, the employers ensure that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered. The employer also needs to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment. 

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. By doing so, the employers will meet the new U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Good Faith Efforts.

The national standards also 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 program is also eligible for 29 hours of Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and college elective credits.

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 United States Senate's assistance, the American Lifeguard Association (ALA) has become a nationally recognized association. The American Lifeguard Association adheres to a code of ethics and maintains a commitment to delivering quality health and safety training worldwide. 

With our training program, you will not have to wait for a group class. Our national self-study programs can be taken anywhere and practiced by individuals, schools, universities, and community pools in the United States and abroad. The American Lifeguard Association is one of only a few national certifying agencies for lifeguards.

  • Nationally-recognized organization
  • Training for individuals or small groups
  • Get certified right away!
  • Lowest price guaranteed
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Certification training at your own pace
  • Videos and online training materials
  • Get paid for your referrals
  • Offer swimming lessons through ALA endorsed swim program
  • Discounts given to employers for staff training [Contact us for details]
  • Certification is issued the day you complete the program
  • Certification is listed on the national verification website the same day of completion

We offer a 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, reference manuals, and exams you can review and do independently. Upon successful completion, you will become a certified lifeguard through the American Lifeguard Association, a nationally recognized organization. 

The American Lifeguard Association (ALA) is a national educational association with the full support of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association and Global Lifeguards (a nonprofit 501c3) organization. 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 purpose of the American Lifeguard course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Upon completing the Lifeguard course, each participant will receive an American Lifeguard Certificate indicating Lifeguard, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid, all valid for two years. As with all certifications, the employer should ensure that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered for. The employer needs to make sure the candidate meets the physical and all other elements before starting employment.

Don’t wait another day! Get certified and join our tens of thousands of active lifeguard members! You can get certified in as little as two days! Click ADD TO CART at the top of this page to register.


  • 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. These materials will cover various skills and techniques associated with CPR/AED and First Aid. You need to become familiar with and able to perform the skills shown in these materials.

  • Complete the final exam

After reviewing the videos and additional online materials and can 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 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.

  • Final step

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. You will receive a Shallow Water Lifeguard certification 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 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.

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 ensures that each Lifeguard candidate has all the skills and knowledge necessary for the position they are being considered for, and the employer needs to make sure the candidate meets the requirements regarding physical and all other elements before starting employment.


Upon completing 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. Also, a waterproof, wallet-sized certification card will be mailed on the next business day.

The National Verification system will then store your certification records. You will receive your digital certification via email the same day you complete the program. You can easily access your Lifeguarding and First Aid/CPR/AED certifications through the American Lifeguard Association. Through the national online verification system, users can view, print, or share their digital certificates from anywhere. With just your first and last name and date of birth, employers and health officials can now verify your certification online.


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 prices. Even though we routinely monitor our training fees 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 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 concerning employment, for you receive reduced pay for the lower priced course.

To take advantage of our offer, email us at 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 its value to you, we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. All you have to do is send us an email within 30 days from your registration date, and we will refund you the full amount of the 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 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 USA's largest lifeguard association in a risk-free environment.

The American Lifeguard Association has tens of thousands of active Lifeguard members working nationwide. With our nationally recognized certification program, you can start your training anywhere nationwide and complete it at any time. Enrollment into the program may be done at any time throughout the year. Also, 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; you can feel free to go at your own pace. You must read this entire information for your instructions on enrolling and completing the training.

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

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 of 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 information.



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 the 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; you can’t do any sculling. Your body position must be near vertical, not horizontal. Considered proficient if 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. 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. Goggles are not allowed.


  • 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
  • Using a Backboard in Shallow


  • 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.

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.

National standards require that all employers test each candidate to 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. Therefore, even after you complete our program, it is essential 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 all the right things in saving a life. Being alert, being a professional, and being on top of your skills at all times can help save lives! Practice makes perfect.

If you wish to enroll and start your training right away and can be completed anytime, we ask that you click the “ADD TO CART” button. Once you have made the payment, we will send you a confirmation email with instructions on how to complete the national certification program. Remember that we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee that you need only to email us and request a refund if for any reason you are not completely satisfied.

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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the U.S. Department of Labor, as the federal Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), has determined that the American Lifeguard Association meets the national standards for lifeguard training and certification. The American Lifeguard Association is among a select few national training entities recognized by the United States Government as meeting these federal requirements. Consequently, the American Lifeguard Association fulfills the national requirements for lifeguard training and certification in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

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