American Red Cross Waterfront Course

The American Red Cross (ARC) Waterfront course is a course designed to take certified lifeguards teach them skills and techniques specific to non-surf environments.

To participate and pass the course: Participants must meet a variety of criteria to participate and pass the course successfully.

  • 15 years of age by the last day of the class
  • Pass the waterfront pre-course skills test
  • Attend all scheduled course time
  • Pass written exam with 80% or better

You will be tested on the following skills for the Waterfront Module Precourse Test:

  1.  Swim 550 yards continuously.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    – Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
    – Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    – Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point.
    – Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  4. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.