Safety Training


American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course (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 eight hours of online education with 20 hours of 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.

COVID Safety Precautions

In addition to the classroom learning portion of this course being conducted online, COVID-safety precautions are incorporated into the in-water skills sessions and other aspects of the program, including the use of manikins for water rescue training, rather than live individuals.

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 an aerobic activity like no other! 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)


$210 (S.R. Resident $200)


View the schedule and register online here.


Finley Aquatic Center
Office Hours
M-F 6am – 8pm
Sat/Sun 9am – 1pm

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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