Lifeguard & Water Safety Certification

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American Red Cross - LG Training Course (15+ years)

If you’re thinking about a great summer job, think about becoming a lifeguard! Those interested in being a lifeguard MUST complete a lifeguard certification course that teaches many skills that will last a lifetime. This course provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skill to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies; provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Price includes CPR mask, training, lifeguard certification card, and CPR/AED & Basic First Aid certification card (if students successfully pass the course). Participants must attend ALL scheduled classes.

Must be 15 years of age or older and attend all sessions.

  •  Swim 300 yards continuously using the breaststroke or front crawl.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes.
  • Swim 20 yards from the wall, retrieve a 10 lb. brick at a depth of 10 feet and return to the wall in 1:40 seconds.
  • Score 80% or better on a written exam, pass a technical performance and simulation practical exam.
    * Participants must complete these prerequisites before moving on to the next part; three (3) tries are given to complete them. Participants that fail to complete the prerequisites will not be issued a refund.

Location: Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E. Loma Linda Blvd.
Cost: $160 ($200 NR)
No refunds will be issued five days prior to the class start date.

American Red Cross - WSI (16+ yrs)

During the swim and water safety certification training course, you will learn how to help adults and children enjoy their time in the water safely, and in a wide range of ways. Throughout the course, we'll focus on a number of key areas that can help you succeed as an aquatics instructor such as: 

• Water safety at public pools, homes, natural bodies of water, 
• Emergency response protocols,
• Hydrodynamics: why some things float, resistance to movement, and creating movement in water, 
• Swimming efficiency and laws of levers, 
• Basic aquatic skills: floating, changing direction, and turning over, 
• Swimming stroke mechanics, starts, turns and diving, 
• Helping people with disabilities and other health conditions enjoy the water safely, 
• Aquatic fitness and training for people of any age.

Participants must attend ALL scheduled classes.

Location: Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E. Loma Linda Blvd.
Cost: $145 ($180 NR)
No refunds will be issued five days prior to the class start date.

American Red Cross - Junior LG Program (12-14 yrs)

The City of Goodyear will offer a Junior Lifeguard Program for youth ages 12 - 14 years old. If interested in becoming a lifeguard in the future, this program will expose participants to a variety of guarding skills. Experiences may include assisting with swim lessons, lifeguard surveillance, special events, customer service skills, safety rules/regulations, and aquatic facility maintenance.

The Junior Guard program requires an application, interview, and water test. Please submit an application by May 3, 2020. Participants who are accepted into the program will be expected to commit to 40 scheduled volunteer hours at the pool upon completion of the course. However, volunteering is not required. For safety reasons, participants must attend all classes to be eligible for volunteer hours. Participants will receive a Junior Guard volunteer shirt, hat, whistle, and valuable experience.

Please note that this is NOT a program that teaches the participant how to swim. The class is limited to 12 students.

Must be able to swim 100 yards freestyle unassisted
Must be able to swim 100 yards breaststroke unassisted

Location: Goodyear Community Pool, 430 E. Loma Linda Blvd.
Cost: Free! Successful applicants will be required to fulfill volunteer hours.

Recreation Office
3075 N Litchfield Rd
Goodyear, AZ 85395
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: 623-882-7525