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Lifeguard Training

What is blended learning?

Students complete an online training course which takes about 5 hours. then candidates come to the instructor-led session, which is about 12 hours and then a testing session which is about 4 hours.


The purose of the Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguarding participants with 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 until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.


1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372

Cost: $185.00

Lifeguard Training: 15 years and older

This course leads to American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. There must be a minimum of eight people per class, otherwise participants will be moved to the next session.


Participants must be at least 15 years of age and be able to swim 300 yards continuously using the front crawl and breaststroke. Also they must be able to swim 20 yards using a front crawl stroke or breaststroke and surface dive to 7-10 ft and retrieve a 10 lb object and surface and return to the start.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios
  • Pass both the Section 1-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2- Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period

American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED: 2 years

View Lifeguard Training Schedule (requires Microsoft Word)

For more information email rhonda.sanderson@uncp.edu or call 910.521.6277