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Lifeguard Course

Prep Class
A preparatory class is being offered to those who wish to improve their swim stroke, build endurance and practice the course prerequisites with the support of an instructor prior to the first day of class. This class is not a requirement, although heavily encouraged. 

Blended Learning Course
Parks & Recreation offers multiple lifeguard courses each year. The course can be offered in a "blended" version with virtual and in-person sessions. The department also offers the program entirely in person. Contact the department if you are interested in taking a course. Courses are scheduled at specific times throughout the year, as well as on demand. 

Welcome to the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course. The primary purpose of this course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Please take note that this is a blended learning class. Which means participants are required to complete online content prior to the first day of class independent of the instructor. As well a portion of the theoretical content will be delivered by live virtual sessions (ZOOM).

Work with Wrangell Parks & Recreation Lifeguard Instructors to improve and refine your swim skills in preparation for the Lifeguard Training entrance swim test. We will work on front crawl and breast stroke, swimming endurance, surface dives to the bottom of the deep end and treading water. Basic swim skills are required and you must be at least 15 years old.

The Prep Class will take place on August 8th thru August 11th.

  • This course is a combination of blended learning (online), live virtual instruction (online) and in person skills demonstration.
  • The online portion of the course will take approximately 5-7 hours.
  • Participants will need to contact P&R to obtain the link to access the blended learning section of the course.
  • The session link will act as self-service platform that allows participants immediate access to simulation learning via a single link/URL per course and gives participants an easy log-in process to begin accessing these courses quickly.
  • An electronic copy of the lifeguard book is available at the bottom of the program page. Hard copies may be obtained at the pool office.
  • Participants must complete the online portion of the class prior to the first day of the course.
  • Participants must bring their certificate of achievement to the first day of the course to be guaranteed a spot in the course.
  • Participants who commit to a minimum of 6 months of employment with P&R may be eligible for a fee waiver.
  • To access the discount code for the course participants must contact Kate Thomas or Lucy Robinson at the pool office.

  • Registration: OPEN NOW through August 17th, 2022
  • Fee: $150 (The course fee is waived for eligible applicants who plan to work for Wrangell P&R)
  • Register: Online at or at the Pool Office
  • Includes Materials: Lifeguard Manual, CPR Mask & Whistle
  • Course Schedule: Thursday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 21st
  • Online Content: Participants can complete online portion once the registration process is complete. Must finish the online portion by August 19th, 2022

  • Prerequisites will be held on the first day of class. (Thursday 5:15PM-6:15PM)
  • Location: WPR Pool
  • Age: 15 & Up
  • 300 Yard Swim: 6 continuous laps (front crawl, breaststroke or both)
  • Tread Water: 2 minutes using ONLY legs
  • 10 lb. Brick: swim 20 yards, retrieve 10 lb brick from a depth of 7-10 feet with both hands, return to surface, swim on back holding brick on chest 20 yards, complete in 2 minutes or less

  • Instructor: Lucy Robinson
  • Office # 907-874-2444
  • Email:

  • To be a certified Lifeguard, candidates must:
  • Complete the online session prior to the first day of in person sessions
  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles, during scenarios
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills
  • Pass the final skills scenarios
  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 %. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80% on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the learner has passed the final skills assessment

  • Candidates must:
  • Meet the age requirement.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all of the prerequisite skills.
  • Describe the characteristics and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
  • Explain how to fulfill the responsibilities of a professional lifeguard
  • Define certain legal considerations and apply them to situations that might be encountered in lifeguarding.
  • Describe ongoing training for lifeguards.
  • Describe what it means to work as part of a lifeguard and safety team.
  • Describe the role lifeguards play in ensuring facility safety.
  • Identify how to ensure the safety of patrons when weather conditions create safety concerns.
  • Describe the role that facility management plays in facility safety.
  • Describe the drowning process.
  • Identify the behaviors of a swimmer, distressed swimmer, and an active and a passive victim.
  • Identify and define elements of effective surveillance.
  • Explain proper scanning techniques and identify tactics to overcome scanning challenges.
  • Identify various types of zones of surveillance.
  • Explain how communication with patrons plays a role in preventing
  • Explain patron surveillance techniques for various activities.
  • Identify how to recognize and care for a victim of poisoning, heat-related illnesses and cold related emergencies. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to implement an EAP, perform a secondary assessment and provide first aid care.
  • Identify possible causes of head, neck or spinal injuries on land.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of head, neck or spinal injuries.
  • Demonstrate how to care for victims with head, neck or spinal injuries on land.
  • Demonstrate how to perform front and rear head-hold escapes.
  • Demonstrate how to give in-water ventilations.
  • Demonstrate how to perform a quick extrication of a victim from the water.
  • Demonstrate how to care for victims with head, neck and spinal injuries in shallow and deep water.
  • Demonstrate how to care for a victim with a head, neck or spinal injury in shallow water.
  • Demonstrate how to rescue an active victim in deep water.
  • Demonstrate how to rescue a submerged passive victim in deep water and provide care.

  • Lifeguard Manual, Pen, Paper
  • Swimsuit, Towel, Goggles
  • Snack, Water
  • Sweats (optional) alternate between land and water skills

PC/Tablet Requirements for Online Course
  • Processor-Dual-core processor speed greater than or equal to 2.3GHz
  • Memory-4 GB
  • Operating Systems Desktop: Microsoft Windows 7/8/10, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6+ Tablet: iPad iOS 7+ (Safari), Android 4.0.3+ (Google Chrome) This course is not supported on smartphone devices.
  • Browsers-IE10+, Chrome 49+, Firefox 47+, Safari 9+
  • Cookies, JavaScript, images and HTML5 audio/video must be supported
  • Screen Resolution-1024x768
  • Color Depth-High Color, 32 bit
  • Bandwidth-2.0 mbps dedicated or faster; broadband Internet access recommended
  • Audio-Soundcard and either speakers or headphones for multimedia audio

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
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Lifeguard Blended Learning Course Summer 2022 
15 - 100 N/A SuThFSa  08/18/2022 - 08/21/2022
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Swimming Pool & Recreation Facility - Swimming Pool
$150.00 Res, $150.00 Non-Res
Consider joining the Lifeguard prep class to refine your stroke, practice surface dives and prepare for the prerequisites.
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