Lifeguard Training


American Red Cross Training Course

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department will be offering American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course this spring. This course will certify an individual to become a non-surf lifeguard. Participants must complete all the e-learning sessions prior to attending classroom skill sessions. Participants must be able to meet or pass all course prerequisites listed below.

Course Information:

Fee:  $160.00 

Location:  Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center Swimming Pool

Class Dates and Times (Must attend all class meeting times):

No scheduled dates at this time. However if you are interested in becoming a lifeguard or working with Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, please call 307-732-5754.

Course Prerequisites

To enroll in the Life guarding course, a person must...

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Swim 300 yards continuously using the following strokes crawl, breaststroke, and side stroke
  • Surface dive to a minimum depth of seven feet and bring a 10 pounds diving brick to the surface and return to start within 1:40
  • Tread water for two minutes, with the use of legs only, hands under the arm pits

Course Content

  • Preventative lifeguarding skills
  • Steps to minimize or eliminate hazards at an aquatic facility
  • Rescue techniques including swim assists and use of rescue equipment
  • Procedures for handling spinal cord injuries
  • CPR for the professional rescuer

Certification Requirements

Lifeguard certification is valid for two years, CPR certification is valid for two years. Certification requirements include:

  • Successfully complete two written exams with 80% minimum score
  • Successfully complete final skills test
  • Successfully perform all critical skills

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions
  • Complete all eLearning units prior to attending classroom skills sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Pass a final written exam with a minimum grade of 80%
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios which include all 3 of the following:
    • Head, Neck, or Spinal Injury in Shallow Water
    • Active Victim in Deep Water
    • Submerged Passive Victim in Deep Water – Timed Response

Sign Up

All sessions must be attended for certification. More courses will be added as the need arises. If you are interested please call 307-732-5760 and leave your name and phone number.