Training & Certifications

Proudly Offering American Red Cross Training since 2011.

We have a large variety of training classes available and each class is held to the highest standards by our team and the Red Cross. All course descriptions can be viewed below. Click here for a list of current course offerings.

Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

Must be able to complete the prerequisite prior to registering for a Lifeguarding Course.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Lifeguard Training Course

See Course Prerequisites Above

Purpose:

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend all class sessions
  • Successfully perform all required skills
  • Successfully complete three final skill scenarios
  • Pass the written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent or better on each section.

Certification Validity:

American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED for Lifeguards – 2 year.

Length of Class:

Approximately 25 hours, 20 minutes

Lifeguard Review Course

Prerequisites:

Individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/ CPR/ AED certificate may participate in a review course.

Purposes:

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations. The responsibility for preparing for the final written exam is shared by the instructor and the participant.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass both the Section 1-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2-Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with minimum grades of 80 percent.

Certification Validity:

American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED: 2 years

Length of Class:

Approximately 13 hours

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers Review Course

Prerequisites:

To be eligible to participate in a review course, the participant must possess a current American Red Cross certificate (or the equivalent) for the course to be conducted. Those without a certificate may not participate in the review course option.

Purpose:

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal class setting. The format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations. The responsibility for preparing for the final written exam is shared by the instructor and the participant.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend the entire course.
  • Participate in all skill sessions and scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios.
  • Pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent (20 correct answers out of 25 questions).

Certification Validity:

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers: 2 years

Length of Class:

Approximately 3 hours

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers

Prerequisites: None

Purpose:

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. This program is offered in traditional classroom or blended learning (online learning with instructor-led skill session) formats.

Certification Requirements:

Classroom (traditional classroom, instructor-led)

  • Attend the entire course.
  • Participate in all skill sessions and scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios.
  • Pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent (20 correct answers out of 25 questions).
  • Blended Learning (online learning and instructor-led skills session)
  • Complete all lessons of the online learning session and pass the online assessment with a score of at least 80%.
  • Participate in all course activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.

Certification Validity:

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers: 2 years

Length of Class:

Course length varies depending on format and ranges from approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes to 5 hours and 35 minutes.

Certified Pool Operator Course

Prerequisites:  Minimum age 16 years old

Purpose:

Course is designed to provide the knowledge necessary to safely and efficiently manage and operate swimming pools and spas.

Learning Objectives:

  • State regulations governing operation of public and semi-public pools
  • The pool operator’s responsibility for protection of the patrons’ health
  • Calculation of swimming pool volume, filter surface area, and flow rate
  • Filtration and circulation
  • Pool water testing, sanitation chemistry, and water balance
  • Heaters and hot water chemistry
  • Management of aquatic facilities
  • Pool operational problems and chemical adjustments
  • Care of indoor and outdoor pools
  • Disease and accident prevention, including safety in the workplace.

Certification Requirements:

Pass a written examination with a grade of 80 percent or better.

Certification Validity:

Maryland State Certified Pool Operator Certification- 3 years

Students are responsible to presenting their completion certificate to their local Department of Health to obtain the official certification card.  The College and CARC do not keep copies of the completion certificates.  Duplicate certificates must be obtained directly from the course instructor.