All Premier Lifeguard courses require participants to complete an online blended learning course as well as 2 days of onsite classroom and in-water training. By registering for either day you are automatically enrolled in both days, so please register for only one date.

The purpose of the Orange County American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard 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.

8 Hour Online Course 
Up to 25.5 Hours of classroom and pool work
We teach out of two locations, please confirm your course location in your registration confirmation email.
Possible locations are:
Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center 29 Santa Barbara Aliso Viejo, CA 92656


Emerald Bay Community Association 600 Emerald Bay Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Course Prerequisites

  • Participants must be 15 years old
  • Participants must complete the required online course before attending the registered 2 day course


$135.00 Payable to Premier Aquatics upon registration

$35.00 Payable directly to The American Red Cross (you will pay this while registering for Blended Learning). 

(Participant is responsible for bringing their own CPR Mask, however masks can be purchased when you arrive for a $20.00 fee.

Criteria for Course Completion & Certification

On successful completion of the Lifeguarding course, participants receive American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. On successful completion of the Shallow Water Lifeguarding course, participants receive an American Red Cross certificate for Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

To successfully complete the Lifeguarding/Shallow Water Lifeguarding course, the participant must:

  • 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/Shallow Water Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Important Information

Step One:

Register for a course date listed below

Step Two:

Check the email inbox you registered with for information on how to complete the online course work as well as a course registration conformation.

Step Three

Complete your online course work prior to attending the registered two day in-person course. Please print a copy of the completed online training and bring it to day one of the in-person course.



Course Outline

DAY 1 

* Must bring printed copy of completed online blended learning course certificate.

  • Swim Test: Continuous 300 yard swim, continuous 2 minute water tread and one timed brick carry
  • Lifeguarding Presentation
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid


  • Completion of in-water skills and test outs
  • Pass both CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80%

What to Bring

You will need to come prepared with the following items:

  • Completed print out of online blended learning course
  • A swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Lunch or lunch money

Location : 29 Santa Barbara, Aliso viejo, CA 92656.

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There is a $25 cancellation/transfer fee for all Health and Safety Classes. For courses cancelled less than 48 hours before the course offering, there will be no refunds.