Camp staff and waterfront lifeguards typically receive lifeguarding certification in the calm, warm waters of a swimming pool.
The lakefront lifeguard skills challenge is a process to assess staff swimming ability and to transfer pool lifeguarding skills to a lakefront situation.
The stations were developed to be relevant to the lifeguarding challenges faced at a camp where all campers participate in canoe, backpack, or sea kayak trips.
People who are current American Red Cross Water Safety, Lifeguarding, Sailing, Basic Water Rescue, Canoeing, and/or Kayaking instructors are required to:
Complete the Basic Water Rescue Instructor course or Instructor Cross-Over course, or complete the Water Safety Instructor's course, Lifeguarding Instructor's course, Sailing Instructor's course, Canoeing Instructor's course, or Kayaking Instructor's course.
If you are currently a Red Cross-authorized instructor or instructor trainer in Water Safety, Lifeguarding, Sailing, or the past Canoeing and/or Kayaking programs, and would like to help your local Red Cross in the roll out, contact your local Red Cross agency, your ACA section, or the Girl Scout Council in your area.
When hiring, don't confuse lifeguarding with teaching or competing.
He has been involved in aquatics all his life and is currently the chairman of the Lifeguarding Committee for the Council for National Cooperation in Aquatics.