Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training Packet 2022

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Lifeguard Pre-Course Dates Below

Location: Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center - 515 West Avalon Avenue
Fee: FREE
* Call our Aquatics Coordinator for more information at 903.237.1367

Lifeguard Training Review

Location: Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center
Fee: $100.00
* Call our Aquatics Coordinator for more information at 903.237.1367 

BL/ILT Lifeguard Training

Location: Paula Martin Jones Recreation Center - 515 West Avalon Avenue
Fee: $220.00
* Call our Aquatics Coordinator for more information at 903.237.1367


The City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department uses American Red Cross curriculum to train its aquatic staff.

This program offers two types of trainings: Instructor Led Training (ILT) and Blended Learning (BL).  Instructor Led Trainings consist of classroom learning and in-water skills sessions.  Blended Learning trainings allow participants to complete the classroom portion of the training online at home before coming to the swimming pool for two in-person skills sessions.

Prerequisites: 

To enroll in the Lifeguard Training Course, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session. A pre-course will be conducted at the beginning of the first in-person skills session.

The skills you will perform at the Pre-Course Session are as follows:

1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes:

  • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front.
  • 100 yards of breaststroke, using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.

2. Tread water for 2 minutes without support and without stopping, using only the legs to stay afloat, in a depth of 7-10 feet. Hands are to be placed under the armpits and the head must remain above water.

3. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, make a surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Note: The participant must hold the object with both hands, placing the object on his/her chest, and must keep his/her face above the water.

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