Lifeguard Course Information

Lifeguard Course Information

The new blended learning format allows students to complete online learning modules before the class session. This enables the instructor to spend most of the class time teaching the land-based and in-water skills. Students have more flexibility with scheduling since the course is approximately ten hours shorter.

  • Once a student is registered for the course, s/he will receive an email with instructions on how to access the online learning account.
  • After the assigned lessons are completed, students will print a copy of the completion page to submit to the instructor on the appropriate class date.
  • Students will take the CPR and First Aid tests online. The remaining written test is completed on the last day of class.

Course Pre-Requisites

Each candidate must be at least 16 years old, on or before, the final scheduled session of the course and must pass the Pre-Course Skills listed below.

Pre-Course Skills

Lifeguard candidates must successfully demonstrate the following swimming skills during the Pre-Course Test:

  1. Swim 300 yards while demonstrating continuous 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 may be used.
  2. Tread water using only the legs for 2 minutes. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards on the surface. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    2. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    3. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object. The face is kept at or near the surface so that breathing is possible. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
    4. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

 Certification Requirements

  • Student must attend and participate in all class sessions and complete all online learning modules.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities and in all required final rescue skill scenarios
  • Pass both the Section 1 – CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2 – Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.


$150 For Students

$300 For Non-Students

Refund Policy: A 50% refund will be issued to those students who do not pass the pre-course swim test conducted on the first day of class. No other refunds will be issued once the online learning account is established.

Subject to cancellation - class could be cancelled if the minimum number of students do not register. 


Session 1: June 11-June 15

Session 2: June 18-June 22

Class meets daily from 9am-1:30pm 



 Brown University Department of Athletics & Recreation

Nelson Fitness Center & Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center

235 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02912