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What Class Should I Take?

What class should I take?

There are many options available when it comes to your training, so it can sometimes be overwhelming.

New lifeguards will need to take the full Lifeguard Training course. Your location may offer the regular Lifeguard Training course OR the Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) course, which has an online component.

Lifeguards that need to recertify will be able to take a Lifeguard Review course before their certification expires. Lifeguards whose certifications have already expired will need to take a full Lifeguard Training course.

Lifeguards that only need CPR training can register for a CPR/AED for the Professinoal Rescuer course. If your certification is still valid, you can take the review version of that course.

Some locations may require that you pass a Lifeguard Prerequisite course before taking a full Lifeguard Training course. If the Lifeguard Prerequisite isn’t offered separately, it will be part of your full lifeguard training.

Training may vary by location and job requirements. Below, we have outlined common training paths American Pool lifeguards need to complete in each state. These are broken down further for these types of lifeguards: Brand New, Recert and Expired.

Please note: Classes may not be available year-round. Some classes may be offered more frequently than others.

If you want to learn more about what each class is like, review the class requirements for each class type.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?


Delaware

New lifeguards will need to take a full Lifeguard Training course.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time.

BRAND NEW: Lifeguard Training

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED: Lifeguard Training

ORGANIZER: American Pool Delaware


Georgia

New lifeguards will need to take a full Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) course. The blended learning course combines in-class instruction with online pre-work. Before the class date, you will be sent special course links from the American Red Cross. This online pre-work will need to be completed before the in-person portion of the course. You will need to bring the printed verification that shows the completion of these mandatory online sessions to the first day of the class.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time.

BRAND NEW: Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED: Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning)

ORGANIZER: American Pool Georgia


Maryland

New lifeguards will need to take a Lifeguard Prerequisite class first. Then, you will be able to take a full Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) course. The blended learning course combines in-class instruction with online pre-work. Before the class date, you will be sent special course links from the American Red Cross. This online pre-work will need to be completed before the in-person portion of the course. You will need to bring the printed verification that shows the completion of these mandatory online sessions to the first day of the class.

You may need to take a Pool Operator course. This is important for lifeguards working at a single-guard pool. Not all Maryland lifeguards need the P.O. course, but it’s useful to have. Maryland wants to make sure there is a Pool Operator on duty at all times or available within 15 minutes (depending on the county). Once you pass the Pool Operator class, you will need to take your certification to your local Health Department (in the county you will be working) to get a county Pool Operator’s license card. There may be an additional fee to obtain a P.O. card from the county.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time. Otherwise, when your certifications expire you will need to take both the Lifeguard Prerequisite and Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning).

BRAND NEW:
Step 1 – Lifeguard Prerequisite
Step 2 – Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training
Step 3 – (If required) Pool Operator Course
Step 4 – (If required) Obtain Pool Operator’s license from county health department

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED:
Step 1 – Lifeguard Prerequisite
Step 2 – Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training
Step 3 – (If required) If your Pool Operator’s license is expired, you’ll need to take the course again. The expiration date depends on the county. Most P.O. licenses are good for 3 years.

ORGANIZER: American Pool Maryland


New Jersey*

New lifeguards will need to take a Lifeguard Prerequisite course before taking a full Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) course. The blended learning course combines in-class instruction with online pre-work. Before the class date, you will be sent special course links from the American Red Cross. This online pre-work will need to be completed before the in-person portion of the course. You will need to bring the printed verification that shows the completion of these mandatory online sessions to the first day of the class.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time.

*Please see New York for Northern New Jersey

BRAND NEW:
Step 1 – Lifeguard Prerequisite
Step 2 – Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED:
Step 1 – Lifeguard Prerequisite
Step 2 – Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

ORGANIZERS:
American Pool New Jersey
Recreational Management Services


New York

New lifeguards will need to take a full Lifeguard Training course.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time. New York requires CPR/AED certifications to be renewed annually. New York lifeguards will need to take a CPR/AED course each year.

BRAND NEW: Lifeguard Training

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED: Lifeguard Training

ORGANIZERS:
American Pool New York
American Pool Long Island


Pennsylvania

New lifeguards will need to take a full Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) course. The blended learning course combines in-class instruction with online pre-work. Before the class date, you will be sent special course links from the American Red Cross. This online pre-work will need to be completed before the in-person portion of the course. You will need to bring the printed verification that shows the completion of these mandatory online sessions to the first day of the class.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time. New York requires CPR/AED certifications to be renewed annually. So you will need to take a CPR/AED course even if your lifeguard certification isn’t expiring.

BRAND NEW: Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED: Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

ORGANIZERS:
American Pool Pennsylvania
American Pool Pittsburgh


Virginia

New lifeguards will need to take a full Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) course. The blended learning course combines in-class instruction with online pre-work. Before the class date, you will be sent special course links from the American Red Cross. This online pre-work will need to be completed before the in-person portion of the course. You will need to bring the printed verification that shows the completion of these mandatory online sessions to the first day of the class.

Lifeguards that need to recertify may take different courses. If your certifications have not yet expired, you can take the Lifeguard Training Review course, which costs less and takes less time. New York requires CPR/AED certifications to be renewed annually. So you will need to take a CPR/AED course even if your lifeguard certification isn’t expiring.

BRAND NEW: Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

RECERT: Lifeguard Training Review

EXPIRED: Lifeguard Training (Blended Learning) OR Lifeguard Training

ORGANIZER: American Pool Virginia