American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

Become a certified Waterfront Lifeguard today! Here in Western Washington, we have more lakes and beaches than pools. Why not take your certification to the next level by adding the Waterfront Lifeguard Certification to your experience?

Just $97

with current lifeguard certification

Combination Course


Not a lifeguard yet? Take our combination course and become a lifeguard with a waterfront certification. Just in time for summer.

Course Description

The Waterfront Lifeguard Certification module is available to all currently certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. Successful completion of this module certifies you to guard most non-surf waterfronts such as lakes and other swimming areas. We strongly encourage you to review the online coursework prior to the class session. This Course module is Intensive and requires sustained energy for several hours in open water. Wetsuits are recommended based on weather conditions and those can be rented from Seattle Scuba.

Tryout Before You Register

  • We strongly encourage you to attempt the pre-course skills before enrolling in the course.

  • With a fee of $29, you may "try-out" before enrolling in the Waterfront Lifeguard Module.

  • Pre-course Sessions are scheduled regularly to provide this opportunity. 

  • When you successfully complete the skills, your fee can be applied toward the Lifeguarding Course cost.

  • If you are unsuccessful with the skills, we will give you the information you need to improve and re-attempt at another time.

  • Verification of skills is good for 30 days prior to the course.

Course Dates

June 2020

12th, 2002 10:30 am-4:30 pm

July 2020

10th 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

These dates are also offered in Bundles with the Full Lifeguard Certification. When signing up look for Lifeguard + Waterfront Bundle.

Course Sessions

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Course Refund and Reschedule Options:

  • Full refund when cancelled more than 15 days prior to the course start date. 

  • 50% refund when cancelled 14 days prior to the course start date. 

  • No refund when cancelled within 7 days prior to the course start date. $25 fee to Reschedule.



further notice

The American Red Cross has canceled all Lifeguard courses until further notice due to safety and health concerns related to the Coronavirus.

Course Requirements

  • Participants must be at least 15 years of age and hold a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate.

  • Students must attend the Waterfront pre-course session for their swim test in order to participate.

  • Swim 550 yards continuously using crawl stroke or breaststroke, demonstrating rhythmic breathing. (Must swim with your face in the water)

  • 2 minutes of treading water without using your hands. (Your head must stay above water)

  • Timed 10# brick retrieval in 8 feet of water. (20 yard swim, dive to retrieve object, swim 20 yards back - on your back - without your hands)

  • Swim 10 yards underwater to collect 3 submerged objects before returning to the surface.

  • Students must attend the full sessions and actively participate in all skills practice.

  • Students must successfully complete final skills and written testing at the end of the session in order to gain Certification.

  • Certification is not guaranteed. Success is based on each student's Performance.