Lifeguard & Pool Operator Certification


American Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer ($330)
This course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. SPCC adopted the Red Cross blended learning format which combines online learning with in-person skills training.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED certifications that are valid for two years. All participants must be at least 15 years old by the last date of the course, attend all training sessions, perform all skills with 100% accuracy, and pass a written test with a score of at least 80%. By registering for an aquatics class, you certify that you have read, understood, and agreed to our registration policies and waivers.

Students must successfully complete a pre-course screening which includes:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both. Swim goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for two minutes using only the legs.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. (Swim goggles are not allowed)
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, and retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on back with both hands, holding the object at or near the surface.
    • Exit the water without using ladder or steps. ​

A nonrefundable deposit of $147.50 is due upon registration. Students should bring the balance due with them to the first day of class along with proof of age. Course fee includes access to American Red Cross textbook and CPR adult/infant pocket mask.


​Lifeguard and CPR/AED Review and Recertification ($195)
The purpose of this review course is to give currently certified American Red Cross Lifeguards the opportunity to review course content within a formal course setting. The review course optimizes the participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skill evaluations. A current lifeguard certification or a certification expired by no more that 30 days is required to participate in this course.

SPCC adopted the Red Cross blended learning format which incorporates online classwork with in-person skills training. Upon successful completion, candidates renew their American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification for two years. ​Non-refundable Course fee includes access to American Red Cross textbook.

Pool Operator Certification ($160)
This is a 14-hour course that teaches the basics of swimming pool management, water chemistry, disinfection, filtration, and circulation. Certification is good for three years.

Pool Operator Recertification Course ($100)
This is a four-hour review course of the original course, along with the presentation of new or updated policies and procedures.

​American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification ($350)

This course prepares instructor candidates to teach the following courses:

  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding
  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding
  • Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding
  • Waterfront Skills
  • Waterpark Skills
  • First Aid
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • Bloodborne Pathogens.

The course prepares instructors to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions, and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course.

All participants must:

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Possess a current Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Pass two rescue skill scenarios that test lifeguarding and CPR (on the first day of class)

For more information about our classes and registration policies, please reach out to Carolyn at