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Dittmar Pool

1009 W. Dittmar Dr. Austin, TX 78745

Lifeguarding Certification

Our comprehensive Lifeguard Training course includes accident prevention, lifeguarding techniques, emergency systems, and rescue skills. Course will also include CPR for the professional Rescuer with AED and First Aid.


Upon successful completion of the course the participant will be
certified in:

  1. American Red Cross Lifeguarding
  2. American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  3. American Red Cross Basic First Aid

Lifeguard Course or Waterpark Skills Prerequisites

  1. Must be at least age 15 for ARC certification / 16 for YMCA certification
  2. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    2. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    3.  Swim 20 yards (on your back) ,with the object, to the starting point.
       Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water.
    4. Exit the water without using the ladder or steps.

Certification Requirements

To receive Lifeguard Certification a participant must:

  1. Attend 100% of all class sessions
  2. Arrive on time for all class sessions
  3. Participate 100% in all class sessions
  4. Pass written and skills test
  5. Demonstrate maturity, respect and responsibility regardless of passing written and skill test
  6. Certification documents will be held by City of Austin the Aquatic Division or released to the YMCA of Austin for employment purposes. Certification documents will be released, to the employee, on September 2nd.




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