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Red Cross Lifeguarding Review Course



The McCoy Natatorium is an Authorized Provider of American Red Cross programs. Shawn DeRosa, Penn State's Director of Aquatics, worked closely with the American Red Cross to develop the revised 2012 American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program. Penn State lifeguards and staff also assisted with the new program, helping provide skill demonstrations for the new videos. What better way to start your journey as a lifeguard than to take the course from the people who helped develop the program?!

For those with current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification, we offer a Lifeguarding Review course which will allow you to renew all of your certifications. Proof of certification is required on the first day of the review. The review course is only about 20 hours long (including breaks) - about 1/2 of the time needed to complete the full lifeguarding course with the additional modules (Oxygen Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission.) Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Participants must supply their own rescue mask.


American Red Cross Lifeguarding Review Course



Course Code 507


  • Friday, April 10: 6:00-10:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 11: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 12: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Course Price: $150




Participation in all class sessions is required. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.


Prerequisites: To enroll in the Lifeguarding Review course, you must provide proof of current (not expired by even one day) American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification.  If your certification has expired, you must enroll in the full lifeguaridng course.

To participate in the course, you must present your current Red Cross certification and be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:

        • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed.
        • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
        • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
          • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
          • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
          • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You may not swim the distance under water.
          • Exit the water without using a ladder or step

The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur prior first day of the course. We strongly recommend that you practice the skills before the skills evaluation. If you do not pass the pre-course assessment, we will refund the price of the course less a $25 administrative fee.

To successfully complete the course, you must complete all online components, attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care 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 Lifeguarding Review course, please contact Meredith Stille , Assistant Director of Aquatics, to discuss this before the course begins. If you have asthma and use a metered dose inhaler, we recommend bringing your inahler with you onto the pool deck and advising your instructor of its location.

If you have questions about lifeguard training, please contact Meredith Stille , Assistant Director of Aquatics.