Camp Junior Lifeguard

American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding is a precursor to the Lifeguard training and is designed for youth aged 11 to 14. 

This course will introduce the participants to the Lifeguard curriculum  and begin to build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Participants are not required to master or perfectly execute skill,.   They will learn lifesaving techniques and build stamina during this program.

Junior Lifeguarding will introduce participants to:

  • The skills needed for entry to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course.
  • Communication and decision-making skills.
  • The basic responsibilities of a lifeguard.
  • The basic knowledge and skills required to be a lifeguard.
  • Certify participants in CPR and First Aid


  • Must be at least 11 years old by 8/21
  • Must be able to demonstrate the following skills:
    • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
    • Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
    • Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs.
    • Show a level of comfort on the back by floating on the back for 30 seconds or swimming on the back for 25 yards using the elementary backstroke or back crawl.
    • Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet under water.

Please note the following summer camp requirements

  • The LIT must attend at least 10 days of LIT camp (before 8/19) and participate in all swim lessons.
  • Must complete and return the Jr. Lifeguard registration form.  We suggest that you return the Jr Lifeguarding registration form by June 1, when you return your other camp forms  however  we will accept them until July 8.
    • Please note that Participation in the JR Lifeguard course will not begin until we receive the Jr Lifeguarding registration form.
    • The ten day minimum must be satisfied after receipt of the Jr Lifeguarding registration form.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements of the prerequisites listed above. If your camper does not meet the requirement, but is close,  and would like to participate, their enrollment in the program can begin when the prerequisites are met.
  • Must attend the end of the season curriculum on the following dates; August 19, 20 and 21, 3:30pm to 7:30pm, to learn the academic portion of the curriculum and participate in testing.  We regret that we are unable to pass a registrant who does not participate in all of the end of season testing.

How does the Jr Lifeguard program fit into the LIT Swim Lesson?

Swimming technique and endurance building, an integral part of the Jr Lifeguard curriculum,  will be part of the LIT swim lesson regardless of participation in the Jr Lifeguard program.

Some days the Jr. Lifeguard participants will be separated into their own group and taught specialized curriculum.   Jr Lifeguard candidates are also required to “shadow” our lifeguards for at least 90 minutes.

Cost:    $150.00
How to sign up: Complete the Jr Lifeguarding registration form and return to [email protected]
Questions: email [email protected] or call 603-672-7200