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Lifeguard Training & Certification

Let Nautix get you certified! 

  1. What is a Lifeguard Training Class (LGT)?

    • The Lifeguard Training Class (LGT) is an all inclusive class that teaches the skills necessary to work as a certified lifeguard. Successful candidates will receive certificates from the American Red Cross for Lifeguard Training/First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

    • Both LGT and CPR for the Professional Rescuer are valid for 2 years from completion date

    • Before advancing, all potential candidates must demonstrate strong swimming and diving skills by successfully completing a prerequisites swim test (info below) at the beginning of the first day

    • In addition to demonstrating proper execution of water and rescue skills, all participants will also be required to pass a three section written exam and must receive a grade of 80% or above on all three sections.

  2. What is CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO)? ​

    • CPR for the Processional Rescuer (CPRO) is needed for those guards whose LGT certification is still current. This class teaches the skills needed to respond appropriately to respiratory and cardiac emergencies. Adult, Child, and Infant Skills will be covered as well as 2 person CPR and the use of breathing and AED devices. Participants must demonstrate proper rescue skills and successfully complete a two section written exam with a score of 80% or above.​

  3. How old do I need to be to take LGT? ​

    • All candidates must be 15 ​years old on or before the last scheduled day of the training course

  4. How much does it cost?

    • In general, Lifeguard Training Classes (LGT) cost between $200-300 and CPRO classes cost between $65-85. The cost for classes can vary from season to season depending on new programs and guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross​.

    • Nautix LGT courses are a total cost of $200 for Nautix Employees

    • We only require a $50 deposit when signing up, and the rest will gradually be deducted from the employee's paycheck 

    • Each Nautix employee who completes their training in the current year, and finishes the season with Nautix, will receive a $100 Training Reimbursement. 

  5. How long does it take?

    • Nautix LGT courses are Blended Learning courses, meaning it is a blend of online material and in-person training. The online portion must be completed prior to the in-person sessions, and can take up to 7 hours to complete. The in-person training will take place over two consecutive days, and generally lasts all day. 

  6. What do I need to bring?

    • LGT participants should bring warm clothes to change into, a towel, money or food for lunch, and a bathing suit (one-piece for females). CPRO participants should bring a rescue mask and book. CPRO books can be purchased at the class for $45 and masks for $15 if needed

  7. How do I pay for the class?

    • Nautix offers a number of different payment options including, but not limited to: PayPal, credit card, cash or check. New or Returning lifeguards who have received their login information for the Nautix Network can view current class offerings, pricing, and register to attend.

  8. What do I need to do for the Prerequisite Swim Test? ​

    • ​Endurance Test: Must be able to swim 300 yards using breaststroke or front crawl (freestyle) using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick.

      • Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or the front.

      • Breaststroke must include a pull, breath, kick, and glide sequence.

      • There is no time requirement for this skill. Candidates must show only that they can swim 300 yards using the above strokes without stopping.

    • Brick Test: Must swim 20 Yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object.

      • When returning to the starting point, the candidate must hold the 10-pound object with both hands and must keep his or her face above the water.

    • Treading Water: Must tread water for two minutes without using their hands and their head must stay above water during the two minutes.


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