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ARC Lifeguarding

Lifeguard Training

Stayin’ Alive offers Lifeguarding courses in and around San Antonio.  We have regularly-scheduled courses during the summer, and can also travel to offer a course at your location.

Certification Title Lifeguarding with CPR, AED, and Bloodborne Pathogens
Credentialing Body American Red Cross
Certification Validity Two (2) years
Intended Audience Anyone wanting to become a Lifeguard, Lifeguard Managers, Aquatic Rescue Techs
Book Requirement Yes. Download it (free, do NOT have to print it) or Buy it ($32).
You don't need to bring the book to class, however you must have access to it at home.
Prerequisite(s) Must be at least 15 years old.
Must be able to pass a swimming test on the first day of class; this consists of lap-swimming, retrieving a brick from the bottom of the pool, and treading water.
Course Length Renewal/Initial: Designed to last approximately 26 hours (usually over 3-4 days), though it can take longer depending on student behavior.
Course days are usually scheduled to accommodate students in high school, so the courses are usually scheduled on the weekends or evenings until school is out for summer.
Evaluation Skills test and a 75-question written test
Location(s) Classroom portions take place at our office: 1603 Babcock Rd., Suite 105, San Antonio, TX 78229 (directions)
Pool locations vary; check the schedule below for details.
Cost Renewal/Initial: $270

Suggested Supplies to Bring to Class

  • Towel and a dry change of clothes
  • Water and snacks
  • Sunscreen.  This is a requirement.  Seriously.
  • Sunglasses, preferably polarized.
  • Money for lunch (or bring your own lunch).
    • Students can elect to go out to each for lunch.  If you are under 18 years old, you need to make sure you have permission from your parent or guardian to leave the pool.  You also need to get permission from your parent or guardian to carpool with someone else.
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt
  • Goggles (optional).  You can’t use them for the test, but you can practice with them.

2016 Courses


Dates Times Location(s)
March 11-13 Fri: 6pm-10pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am- 9 pm YWCA (map)
April 15-17 Fri: 6pm-10pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am- 9 pm YWCA (map)
April 22-24 Fri, Sat, Sun: 10am-6pm Braun Station East (map)
April 29-May 1 Fri: 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am- 9 pm Ventura (map)
May 6-8 Fri: 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am- 9 pm Ventura (map)
May 13-15 Fri: 6pm-10pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am- 9 pm YWCA (map)
June 6-8 Mon: 2pm-9pm, Tue & Wed: 10 am- 6 pm Ventura (map)

Additional Courses

We will post more 2016 courses soon.  If the listed courses don’t fit your schedule, leave your email address to be notified when new courses are posted.

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Want to host a group course?

We are available to travel to your location if you have a group!  We would be happy to teach a Lifeguard training course in or around San Antonio at your location.  Our experienced instructors follow the most current ARC guidelines and will provide you and your staff a professional training experience.