American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

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Become a Certified Lifeguard!

About the Course

Lifeguards protect their community by preventing, recognizing, and responding to water-related emergencies. In order to get a job at most aquatic facilities, you need to become certified, and most employers look for American Red Cross Certification.

Obtain your 2-year certification by taking a Lifeguarding course from the American Red Cross at Peninsula Community Center in Redwood City. Courses take as little as 24 hours and emphasize hands-on training, supported by classroom instruction.


Additional Information:

  • There will be no refunds for students who do not pass the course. However, if participants do not pass the prerequisites at the beginning of the class they will be issued a refund.
  • Students must bring a suit, water, and writing utensil every day to class
  • Students are required to pass two multiple choice exams and an in-water skill test for certification
  • Maximum of 10 participants per class
  • Must have a minimum of 4 participants for the class to take place


  • Must be at least 15 years old (will be asked to show ID at the beginning of the course)
  • 300 yard backstroke or front crawl (continuous)
  • 2 minute tread in the deep end without arms
  • Timed brick retrieval from the bottom of the deep end and 20 yard swim with brick

Dates and Times

Participants must attend ALL classes in order to pass.

Monday, April 23: 4:30-9pm

Tuesday, April 24: 4:30-9pm

Wednesday, April 25: 4:30-9pm

Thursday, April 26: 4:30-9pm

Friday, April 27: 4:30-9pm


Peninsula Community Center Members – $190

Nonmembers – $225


Email April Burket at [email protected].