Why SwimRVA?


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Located in Chesterfield County, SwimRVA serves the Greater Richmond area as a catalyst for regional aquatics and community-wide focus on water safety, health & fitness, sports tourism and competitive swimming.  We offer swimming lessons, water aerobics, aqua running, water polo, CPR & lifeguard certification courses, masters swimming, warm water therapy pool, land fitness classes, and youth triathlon training.

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SwimRVA is proud to be a Make-A-Splash partner.  The USA Swimming Foundation partners with Learn-To-Swim providers nationwide to offset the cost of swimming lessons and educate the community about the importance of learning to swim.  For more information please check out the website: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash


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Already Enrolled?  Click one of the following - Lifeguard Certification Course or Lifeguard Review Course


What if I am unable to attend a portion of the SwimRVA Lifeguard Certification, Re-Certification, and CPR class?

  • The American Red Cross requires that all students must attend the entire lifeguard certification, re-certification, and CPR class to gain full certification.  
Why does SwimRVA space out their lifeguard certification class offerings over several days?
  • During the course, a lot of important information is presented that will help students save a life.  We have found that giving students time between long class days helps the students successfully pass the course.
Where can I find a schedule of the classes offered through the SwimRVA Safety School?


What kind of certification will I receive after I pass the class?
  • For Lifeguard courses, students will receive a two-year certification from the American Red Cross in Basic Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid.  The courses also cover material for students to gain Bloodborne Pathogens training that is considered to be valid for 1 year.  Certification dates are considered to be the last scheduled day of the class.
How long will my Lifeguard Certification be considered as current?
  • All Lifeguard, Re-Certification, and CPR certifications that you might gain through SwimRVA Safety School are valid for two years, with the exception of the Bloodborne Pathogens training, which is good for one year.
What curriculum does SwimRVA follow?
  • We are an authorized training provider for the American Red Cross.  All certifications are issued by the American Red Cross.
Why does SwimRVA teach American Red Cross certifications instead of others?
  • The American Red Cross certifications are among the most widely accepted certifications in the United States.  This will give you the best opportunity to obtain a job anywhere in Virginia and the rest of the United States.
Does the Lifeguard certification from SwimRVA include waterfront or waterpark skills?
  • SwimRVA does not teach waterfront or waterpark modules as part of the lifeguarding course.  Most employers that may require these certifications typically will offer the 2 to 3-hour course as part of the onboard training.  Ask any potential employers if they provide this additional training that may be needed.
If I am already certified in CPR and First Aid, can I skip that portion of the lifeguarding class?
  • Students must be present for all sessions to pass the Lifeguard course to ensure the most current training.  This will extend your CPR and First Aid training for an additional two year from completion date.
What is the minimum age for the Lifeguard certification?
  • All students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of the course.
How can I tell if I am eligible for the Lifeguard Review Course?
  • Students must present their valid American Red Cross certification on the first day of the class.  If your certification expires prior to the class, you must enroll in the full American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course.  If you have any questions about the expiration date of your most recent certification, feel free to send an email to brad.burton@swimrichmond.org that contains the 6-digit alphanumeric ID number that is on your certificate.  It is usually printed near the QR Code on the certificate.
Can I take the review class if my lifeguard certification has expired?
  • No. Students without a valid lifeguarding certification must enroll in the full lifeguarding course.
How will I receive my certification?
  • The American Red Cross will send you an automated email with a retrieval link for your certificate.  SwimRVA staff will also follow up with a  link within two weeks of the end of the course
What testing is required to pass the SwimRVA Safety School courses?
  • Students will take a paper exam to test their knowledge and will also have to exhibit their skills in a testing exercise with a certified instructor
What happens if I fail the test?
  • Students who do not pass any test will be given feedback and be re-tested, usually the next day.  If the student is unable to pass on the second attempt, they must retake the full course again to gain their certification
Will I be guaranteed a job once I am certified?
  • Job placement is not guaranteed, but all lifeguards must be certified to obtain a job. If any student is interested in working at SwimRVA as a lifeguard, they are encouraged to ask the instructor about the hiring process


Why do I have to pay at registration time?
  • Payment is required to reserve a spot on the course roster.  SwimRVA Safety School courses are very popular and often sell out several weeks in advance
What happens if I do not pass the prerequisite swim test for the lifeguarding class?
  • Students who do not pass the prerequisites on the first day of the course will not be allowed to continue.  SwimRVA offers swim lessons and coaching to help prepare for a later course.  If you decide the course is not for you after the prerequisite testing, your registration amount will be refunded, less a $50 evaluation fee for the full lifeguarding course, or a $30 fee for the lifeguarding review course.
What happens if I need to switch to another class or cancel my registration?
  • SwimRVA will be happy to get you into a course that fits your schedule.  Changes made more than 10 days prior to the start of the course will not be subject to any fees.  If you need to change courses within 10 calendar days of the start of the original class, there will be a $25 change fee.  If you must cancel your registration within 10 days, your amount will be refunded less a $50 cancellation fee for lifeguarding and $30 for review courses.
The lifeguarding class that fits into my schedule is full.  Can you squeeze me in?
  • All classes have a wait list in the event that someone should cancel or change their class.  Occasionally, SwimRVA can assign an additional instructor to a course an open up the wait list if there are enough to fill another class
What is the registration deadline for classes?
  • You may register for a class up to 30 minutes prior to that start of the course.  Classes fill up quickly so we encourage you to sign up early.  
Will I get a refund if I do not pass the course and gain my certification?
  • We do not offer refunds to students who do not meet the testing requirements to gain certification.


Where are classes held?

  • All of our classes are currently held at Collegiate School Aquatics Center located at 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond VA 23234.  Contact Brad Burton at 804-271-8271 if you are interested in holding a private class at your facility
What do I bring to class?
  • Comfortable clothing, 2 towels, snack or meal, drink, swim attire, and warm clothes are appropriate
Are there any breaks during the day?
  • Short breaks are offered every 60-90 minutes and we usually take a longer break for lunch.  If all students agree, lunch is a great time to watch videos that demonstrate skills or have a discussion to clarify and review course content
Where can I get something to eat?
  • There are several places to eat within 10 minutes of the facility.  Students under the age of 18 are strongly encouraged to bring a lunch and stay at the facility for lunch breaks
How well do I need to swim to take the lifeguarding course?
  • An intermediate level of swimming is needed to pass requirements set by the American Red Cross.  The prerequisite swim test is imperative to being able to save a life.  The general guideline is that you will need to be able to swim well enough for two people, yourself and any victim that you may need to save.
What is the best swimsuit for the lifeguarding course?
  • Nearly any swimsuit attire should be fine for both men and women.  Students will be swimming, reaching, lifting, and helping others out of the water, so you will want to choose a suit that is fitted well for movement (ie: Don't wear a suit that might cause you to expose yourself during the activities)
Are there lockers available at the facility?
  • Yes.  Bring your own lock, please.
Does SwimRVA sell swim apparel, goggles, towels, etc...?
  • There is a swim shop located at our facility.  Feel free to ask an employee about swim shop hours. If the shop happens to be closed when you are here, we may be able to open it for your shopping convenience.
Do I need to bring a swimsuit to the first class?
  • Yes. Students enrolled in the lifeguarding courses should be prepared to get in the water during every class session


Already Enrolled?  Click one of the following - Lifeguard Certification Course or Lifeguard Review Course