Lifeguard Classes & Clinics

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training- TBD

The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Dept. is offering American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Training course. The course is being taught by an American Red Cross Certified Instructor and will provide participants with knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will be trained and certified to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illness until EMS (emergency services) take over.

Participants must be 16 years of age, able to swim 300 yards continuously while demonstrating breathing control and rhythmic breathing, tread water for two minutes using the legs only, and complete a timed event.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive the American Red Cross Certificate for Life-guarding/ First Aid/ CPR/AED, which is valid for two years. Attendance at all facility sessions and completion of all online lessons are two of a number of requirements necessary to successfully pass for certification.
Pre-Course online class and swim test must be completed before 1st class
Swim Test by appointment (Please call 530-542-6056)

Lifeguard Training


  • Cost - $135.00 for Class Course (Additional fees may apply)
  • $36.00 American Red Cross Certificate
  • Online Registration website
  • Questions: 530-542-6056
  • Location: 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 530-542-6056
  • Registration deadline : TBD


Facilitator: Derek Beller, American Red Cross Certified Instructor



American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification Class April 2019    

 Friday, April 19th, 2019  Time 9:00 AM-5:00 PM                                                                                                          Saturday, April 20th, 2019  Time 2:00 PM-5:00 PM 


Registration Opens  - March 15th, 2019                                                                                                                                                     Registration Closes - April 12th , 2019

 8 hours of ONLINE INSTRUCTION and SWIM TEST must be completed before first class: By appointment only. 530-542-6056

Cost : $65.00 plus $36.00 fee paid to American Red Cross                                                                                                                       Optional: $10.00 face mask or provide your own 

Location: Recreation Swim Complex   - 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150                           

The purpose of this class is to provide re-certification to previously certified  American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguards or current ARC Certified lifeguards to renew certification and update their knowledge of new ARC policies and procedures. The class will provide participants with updated knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will be trained and certified to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency services (EMS) personnel take over. 

Requirements: Previous ARC Lifeguard Certificate in good standing. Review current life-guarding manual and videos prior to first class. Participants must be 16 years of age, be able to swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrate breath control and rhythm breathing, tread water for two minutes using the legs only, and complete a timed event retrieving a brick from the deep end of the pool.

Class Includes: A total of 10 hours of instruction. Class is a combination of hands on instruction and online learning. Upon successful completion, participants will receive the American Red Cross certificate for Life-guarding/ First Aid/ CPR/AED, Valid for two years. Attendance at all facility sessions and completion of all online lessons are two of a number of requirements necessary to successfully pass for certification. 

Facilitator: Derek Beller, American Red Cross Certified Instructor

Kids at Lifeguard Class
Instructor holding young girl in pool

WSI (Water Safety Instructor) Class 2018

   The American Red Cross Blended Learning Water Safety Instructor Class trains candidates to teach courses and presentations in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. The course helps develop instructors understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress. Successful candidates are eligible to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn to Swim, three adult-focused courses, as well as the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses and more.
Participants must be at least 16 ears of age, be proficient swimmers, and able to successfully complete the pre-course session.
Successful completion includes the American Red Cross Safety Water Instructor Cert. (valid 2 years)

 •Fees 

  • Cost - $135.00 for Class Course (Additional fees may apply)
  • $36.00 American Red Cross Certificate

•WSI Class 
      Dates: TBD
      Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
      Times: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Minimum of 3 students
Maximum of 6 students
Registration Deadline : TBD


Online Registration Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF)