Lifeguard Certification

About Lifeguard Certification

Blended Learning Course Description
To become certified to work as a lifeguard, you must complete approximately 20 hours of in person training, 7 hours of eLearning (completed prior to the start of the course) and pass practical and written exams. Upon Successful completion, participants will be certified in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. All certifications are valid for two years.

We are excited to offer you American Red Cross Lifeguarding Blended Learning. Blended learning combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please complete the 7 hours of eLearning prior to the start of the course.  If this is not completed before the start of the class, you will not be allowed to participate, and you will need to reschedule for a future date.

Please be prepared to listen and participate in Zoom meetings. You will need a mobile device or computer that can send and receive video. It is also important you have reliable internet and a microphone to communicate with the rest of the class. A Zoom Meeting invite will be sent to you before your first day. Please check your email for this invite.

This Certification will require an in-person skills demonstration at the Belle Haven Pool. For your 3 hour skills demonstration and written lifeguard test, please wear your swimsuit and bring a towel. It is important that you bring sunscreen, water and googles, as they will not be available for purchase. No changing rooms are available, only bathrooms. Your time is limited to 3 hours and failing to complete the skills during the time limit will cause you to fail. Please prepare for the practical skills by watching the online videos in the blending learning and watching closely during the Zoom Meeting.

Review Course Description
This course is a 12 hour review course to renew the certifications of Currently Certified American Red Cross Lifeguards. You will be required to provide proof of certification on the first day of the course. Upon successful completion of class, participants will be certified in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. All certifications are valid for 2 years

Special Group Lifeguard Training
Menlo Swim and Sport also offers lifeguard training to Special Groups, Aquatic Teams, Schools, and any organization that needs professional lifeguards. Our instructors can travel to your facility, an alternate location, or we can host your organization at one of our facilities throughout the Bay Area. Minimum enrollment or minimum charge for this service will apply. Contact Johnathan Martinez at (650) 781-5525 or to inquire about this service.

To enroll, you must be 15 years old (by the end of the course) or older and possess a valid photo ID.

Participants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using a combination of breaststroke and freestyle with rhythmic breathing.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes without using your hands. Hands may be in the water crossed against your chest or behind your back.
  3. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet and retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands on the object. When returning to the starting point, place the object on the deck and exit the water without using a ladder or steps. All of this must be done within 1 minute, 40 seconds.


2021 Schedule
Blended Learning Courses:


The first Saturday will feature a Zoom Meeting from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Sunday and the following Sat/Sun will have a 3 hour time slot to demonstrate lifeguard skills. Only 2 people are allowed during each time slot. More details once you’ve signed up for the course.

A maximum of 12 participants for each course.

This is a blended learning course which requires all online modules be completed before the first meeting.

Menlo Swim and Sport – Burgess Pool
501 Laurel St
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Blended Learning Course classes: $300

*Menlo Swim & Sport is a proud affiliate of the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF). Talk to one of our Service Center representatives today to learn more!

*Scholarships available from Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form. Solicitud en español disponible aquí.

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation Scholarships

Menlo Swim & Sport is proud to partner with the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF). BBAF offers scholarships to those financially in need who want to develop a life-long love for swimming in the Bay area. You can visit their website by clicking the link above to see all of their partners in the Bay area.

Menlo Swim & Sport offers BBAF scholarships for the following programs:

Swim School (Burgess)
Lifeguard Certification (Burgess)
Camp Menlo Aquatics Camp (Burgess)
Tennis Lessons (Burgess)

For more information and to see if you qualify please fill out this form.

BBAF Submission Form



There is a minimum of five registrants for the course to take place. If the course is cancelled due to low enrollment you will receive a full refund.

Lifeguard Certification Cancellation Policy
Cancellation 7 days or more prior to the start of the course…Full Refund
Cancellation 6 days or less prior to the start of the course… No refund
Course Transfers: 
You are allowed to transfer your registration to a different course within the same calendar year one time.
There are no refunds for course failure.