American Lifeguard & Water Safety Training Aquatic First Responder Certification with CPR and First Aid for Beach Patrols

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American Lifeguard Association, Inc

National Headquarters

8300 Boone Blvd. 5th Floor

Vienna, Virginia 22182


Dear Aquatic First Responder Candidate:

We want to welcome you to the American Lifeguard Association® certification program. It is important that you read this entire information for your instructions on how to enroll and complete the training.

We offer American Lifeguard & Safety Training™ nationwide throughout the year. Thanks to our flexible certification program, you can enroll at any time and proceed at your own pace, even completing your training in as little as a few days or over a weekend. Should you need support during your training, don't hesitate to reach out to us at alalifeguard@aol.com. We're available 24/7 for real-time assistance.

It is necessary to purchase our national training program prior to starting. After reading the instructions provided below on how to complete the certification program, the next step is to enroll. To do so, select “Add to Cart” to pay the registration fee.

We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all our national certification programs, so there is no reason not to start today!

The American Lifeguard Association is a national educational association with the full support of both the Swimming Pool and Spa Association and Global Lifeguards, a nonprofit 501c(3) organization. These organizations are members of the Global Lifeguard Association, which make up one of the largest worldwide aquatic consortiums.

Over the years, the Lifeguard certification has brought about certain legal requirements that the individual must respond to an emergency and is therefore not covered under the Good Samaritan Laws. Because of this, many aquatic facilities such as pools, lakes and beaches may have attendants who are not trained Lifeguards. These individuals who are called pool or beach staff normally have no training as to what to do in case of an emergency even though the public may think they know CPR and other Lifesaving skills. We have created a totally new area of certification where the program will teach you the same skills that Lifeguards are taught, but because you are not legally bound to respond in an emergency, if you do so your actions will normally be covered under the Good Samaritan Laws. Many aquatic areas do not require a Lifeguard, but they do have someone attending to the patrons, whether it is assisting a guest with obtaining a towel or moving a lounge chair or setting an umbrella up on a sandy beach. Even though the attendants are not required to know how to respond to an emergency, we feel it would be best for both the individual and the employer to have them trained and certified.

You may be any age to take this program, but US Labor Laws require that you must be at least 16 or older to be employed in this position. We feel this certification will improve your ability to obtain a position at an aquatic facility with a fun and rewarding summer or year round job at some of the best locations to work at worldwide, and to be able to better serve the general public.

Steps to complete your 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 to an online Lifeguard manual with CPR/AED and First Aid. You need to be familiar and able to perform the skills shown.

  • Complete the online exam

After you have reviewed the 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 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.

  • 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. The verification system allows for 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 directly from this national verification system. 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. As with all certifications, employers need to ensure that each candidate has all the skills, knowledge and the necessary requirements for the position for which he or she is being hired.

All our programs require the participants to practice their skills in the water, and upon successful completion will obtain an Aquatic First Responder 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 completion date.

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

Aquatic First Responders are essential for helping to keep aquatic facilities safe. Unlike most other professional rescuers, they are present to prevent emergencies from occurring. Injury prevention is a primary focus. Therefore, the program teaches how injuries occur and how they can be prevented. We will also teach proper surveillance, prevention and victim recognition information.

Aquatic First Responder course participants will review:


If you can answer yes to the following questions about the swimming test, you will pass this portion of the Aquatic First Responder certification requirements.

  • Can you swim for 500 yards without stopping using the Front crawl (freestyle).
  • Can you pass a test in which you retrieve a weight at a depth of 7 feet of water? You can do this within the 1 minute, 40 seconds time limit? It begins with you in the water. You must swim or walk for 20 yards. Then you must “rescue” a 10 lb weight that is 7 ft. the water’s surface. Once the weight is retrieved, you must swim or walk back to the point where you started (a distance of 20 yards).


  • 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 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 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 all the right things in saving a life. Practice makes perfect. Being alert, being a professional, and being on top of your skills at all times can help save lives!

The American Lifeguard and Safety Training™ is a trademark of the American Lifeguard Association® health and safety courses. The American Lifeguard Association has been offering lifeguard training for over 30 years and has trained over 250,000 individuals worldwide. The US Labor Department has determined our lifeguard programs are equivalent to the American Red Cross training program.

If you have any questions about the registration process or problems completing the program, please email us at alalifeguard@aol.com. We monitor our incoming emails 24/7 and normally respond to inquiries within just a few minutes. You may read more by visiting our home page at https://americanlifeguard.com.


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We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all our national certification programs. You need only to email us at alalifeguard@aol.com within 30 days of your registration and a full refund will be issued the very same day. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold our processors and us harmless from and against any and all claims that arise out of or relates to your training.

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