Burgess & Belle Haven Pools Closed Until Further Notice
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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, 8 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.

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 jmartinez@menloswim.com 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.



2020 Schedule
Blended Learning Courses:

February 22/23 July 11/12
March 28/29 August 8/9
April 18/19 September 12/13
May 16/17 October 17/18
May 30/31 November 14/15
June 6/7 December 12/13

The course takes place on these Saturdays/Sundays from: 8:00am – 6:00pm.

A maximum of 10 participants for each course.

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

Review Courses for 2020

March 1st

The course takes place on these Saturdays from: 8:00am – 6:00pm.

A maximum of 10 participants for each course.

Register by calling the Service Center (650) 781-5525 or by clicking “Register” on this page.

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


Blended Learning Course classes: $300
Review Learning Course class: $150

*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.


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.