Lifeguard Training provides progressive techniques and practices of advanced water safety, rescue, and resuscitation methods; emphasizes lifeguarding techniques and swimming pool operation. Provides the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses.
This program features courses that will provide the entry-level skills to become an American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard. Current CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid certifications.
Students entering this program should have a strong sense of self-discipline, assist and care for others, and critical thinking skills and crisis intervention.
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Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. discuss the roles, characteristics, and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
2. demonstrate surveillance techniques that a lifeguard needs to prevent aquatic injuries,
3. identify important parts of the EMS system,
4. develop the techniques for caring for victims of respiratory and cardiac arrest,
5. demonstrate the seven steps in affecting a rescue,
6. be able to rescue a submerged victim and remove them from the water,
7. be familiar with how to recognize and care for victims of injuries and sudden illness,
8. recognize and become familiar with the causes and signs and symptoms of aquatic spinal injuries,
9. discuss the responsibilities following an accident and procedures to cope with stress, and
10. make appropriate decisions for care when given two accident scenarios.
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CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
External Credential: Successful completer will qualify for the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification (testing is done in class).
Certifying Organization: American Red Cross www.redcross.org
Length of Training
37 hours per course to complete the class and written exam
Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Dundalk, and online.
Current CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid certifications.
Students should be computer literate and have Internet access.
Recommended: High School Diploma or GED; prior experience and/or interest in swimming.
Students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses.
In order to participate in the Lifeguard certificate classes, participants must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the course.
This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.
Provisional Entry-Verification of required certifications
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.
Program Course Sequence
(approximate cost; subject to change)
The textbook is included in the cost of the course.
Skills for Success:
Demonstrating competency in performing swimming skills tests. Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience in lifeguarding or swimming occupations.
Detail-oriented; dependability; self-control; ability to follow safety rules; ability to follow directions; cooperation; integrity; persistence; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; mathematical aptitude; ability to stand for long periods of time; ability to lift 35 pounds; excellent communication and customer service skills.
Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, or beaches, to provide assistance and protection to participants.
Beach Attendant, Beach Lifeguard, Lifeguard, Marine Safety Officer, Ocean Lifeguard, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist, Pool Attendant, Pool Lifeguard.
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