The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach
lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent
and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water
areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps
Candidates must have a current American Red Cross
certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final
scheduled session of this module.
2. Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating
breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates
may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a
combination of both but swimming on the back or
side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.
3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
Candidates should place their hands under
4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute,
■ Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face
may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are
■ 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 to
return to the starting point with both hands
holding the object and keeping the face at
or near the surface so they are able to get
a breath. Candidates should not swim the
distance under water.
■ Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
5. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive
rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water,
resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to
complete the skill sequence.
Refund Policy: Refunds are available up until 1 week prior to the course and incur a fee of $35.
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