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Lifeguards training skills!Are you interested in developing new job skills? The Aquatics Section offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. If you want to be a lifeguard for Summer 2019, now is the time to plan! Participants must be at least 15 years old by the last date of class.

American Red Cross Course certifies in:
Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional
Rescuer & First Aid

Prerequisites: Pre-Course Test

  • 300 yard swim (12 laps) of front crawl and breaststroke.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs.
  • Swim 20 yards front crawl or breaststroke and surface dive 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound brick. With both hands remaining on the brick, place it on your chest and return to the wall at which you started. You have one minute and forty seconds to complete this task.


2019 Spring Classes


Course #


Days & Time



February 2 - February 23

Saturdays: 9am - 5pm



March 2 - March 10

Saturdays and Sundays:  9am - 5pm



March 18 - March 22

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm



March 30 - April 7

Saturdays and Sundays: 9am - 5pm



April 15 - April 19

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm



April 27 - May 5

 Saturdays and Sundays: 9am- 5pm

Fee: $185 includes materials and Red Cross Certification fees ($150 will be reimbursed to persons who pass this course, apply to and work for the City of Sacramento Aquatics Section and SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE the Summer 2019 season in good standing).

You must be 16 years old by date of hire to be work as a lifeguard for the City.

All classes are offered at the Pannell Meadowview Pool:
2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832

To register online for classes, visit Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment Online Services. Don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook!


  1. Swimming attire should be a sport type swimsuit. Many skills require you to jump in and climb out of the water.

  2. Bring a lunch with you each day. You will need food and beverages (water is best) to keep up your energy and keep you hydrated. Bring healthy snacks—swimming makes you HUNGRY!

  3. Bring multiple towels. Your towel may not have enough time to dry while you are in and out of the water. The weather can be cold in the spring months.

  4. Be prepared to swim and be in the water a lot, so make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and a good dinner the night before.

  5. If for some reason you are unable to pass the Pre-Course Test, please make sure to have a ride home for that first day by noon. You will not be able to participate in the rest of class, so please be prepared.

frequently asked questions

How do I enroll?

Can I register in person?
-YES! You may register at the following locations in person prior to the class if there is room. Registrations will NOT be accepted at the class:
Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St (9:00am-4pm, M-F)
South Natomas Community Center, 2921 Truxel Rd (8:30am-8pm, M-Th, 10am-3pm Sat)
Pannell Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Rd (8:30am-4:30pm, M/W/Th/F)

Can I just take certain portions of the class?
-No. You must take the entire course during that session to get your lifeguard, CPR, and first aid certification.

What if it rains on the day of my class?
-Class is offered rain or shine, so be prepared.

Can my friends take the same class with me?
-Yes, as long as they sign up through the proper procedures, and pass the pre-course test.

Can I miss any class?
-NO. There are no make ups and class instructors cannot go back and review any information that is missed. If you miss class you will be removed from the class and your payment will NOT be refunded for incompletion of the course.

Can I get a refund?
-You may receive a refund if you fail the pre-course test or you have extenuating life circumstances that do now allow you to perform the pre-course test. To receive a refund, you must request the refund BEFORE the class begins. Please call (916) 808-2306 for more information.

Can I transfer to another class?
-We understand that life can be hectic and you may need to move your class to a different date. If you need to transfer, please call (916) 808-2306 one week before your class begins to see what spots are available. Class space is limited! There may not be a spot for you in an upcoming class if you wait too long to transfer.