Sanibel Offering Lifeguard Course


The City of Sanibel will be offering the American Red Cross’ 3-day Lifeguard Blended Training course later this month. Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions.

The course teaches participants the skills to become professional lifeguards. The course requires all participants to pass the in-water prerequisite test on the first day of class in order to continue being enrolled.
Swim Requirements:
300-yard continuous swim using front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both

2 minutes of treading water with hands in your armpits without stopping

Within 1 minute and 40 seconds swim 20 yards, retrieve a brick at 7-10 feet deep and then swim 20 yards back to the starting point while both hands are on the brick and face is above water. Exit the pool without using ladder or stairs.

Online Course:
All participants mustĀ complete the entire online course before the first day of class and bring their completion print out to class. Instructions on how to access the online material will be emailed to you one week prior to the start of your course.

To obtain certification, participants must be at least 15 years old, able to attend all online and classroom sessions, complete the pretest, all skill checks, and score an 80% or higher on the written exam.

The Sanibel Recreation Center is located at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road. Daily, weekly, semi-annual, and annual memberships are available. For more information call the Sanibel Recreation Center at (239) 472-0345 or visit our web site atĀ