Lifeguard Certification


Lifeguard certification

15 Yr Olds-Adults

The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification program is the first step to get hired as a certified Red Cross lifeguard. Our detailed training is offered in a blended learning course format consisting of approximately 20-hours in person and 8-hours online and provides participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants who successfully complete the lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED valid for 2 years. Participants will be emailed directions for accessing the online portion of the class two-weeks prior to the start of the in-person sessions. All online content must be completed prior to the first in-person session.

  • Instructor: Elley Buehler (LG/WSI, LGI, EMT-B)
  • Age Prerequisites: Must be 15 years+ by last day of class
  • Qualifications Prerequisites: Students must attend and pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking the lifeguarding course. This includes a 300-yard swim using front crawl or breaststroke, a 2-minute tread using legs only and the ability to retrieve a 10-lb dive weight from 7 ft deep, surface and swim 20 yds with the weight, using legs only and exit the pool without using a ladder within 100 seconds.
  • Pre-Course Swimming Skills Testing: Thur, Apr 11 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
  • In-Person Training: Sat | Apr 13-May 4 | 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Location: Zeeland Recreation Pools


Need A Job? We’re Hiring!

Zeeland Recreation is hiring lifeguards and swim instructors! We have a variety of shifts and hours available. Please contact Kris Ferry, Aquatics and Fitness Coordinator, at or (616) 748-3229 for more information.