Safety Training


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (Blended Course)

This American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until EMS personnel take over. During the class you will learn distressed, active, passive and submerged victim rescue, victim removal from water, spinal management and back-boarding in the water, CPR, AED, rescue breathing and airway management and first aid skills including: conscious victim assessment, bandaging, splinting, caring for soft tissue injuries, burns and more.

The blended learning course combines online education with instructor-led classroom and in-water skills sessions. After registering, you will be sent a link to the online education sessions, which must be completed prior to the first skill session.

Course Prerequisites

Participants must complete the following course prerequisites to be evaluated on the first day of class:

  • Minimum age 15 years
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread water for two minutes using legs only
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface diving to a depth of 10 feet and retrieving a 10-pound brick, returning to surface and swimming 20 yards back to the starting point, and exiting the water without using the steps or ladder.

Instructor's note: Swimming is a strenuous aerobic activity! Therefore, if you have not been swimming on a somewhat regular basis, it is strongly recommended that you prepare yourself for the course prerequisites.


Upon successful course completion, the participant will receive the following certification: Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (valid for 2 years).

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available for income qualifying individuals and families to help offset the cost of participating in Lifeguard Training classes. To learn more about the scholarship opportunities, click here.


See below for more details, fee, and to register.

  1. Lifeguard Training Review Course

7 hours online + 10 hours skill sessions

$110 (S.R. Resident $100)

View the schedule and register online here


Finley Aquatic Center
Office Hours
Closed for a facility renovation through spring 2024.
2060 West College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Ridgway Swim Center
Office Hours
M-F 9am – 4pm
Sat/Sun 9am 1pm
455 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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