Creating a Richmond region full of leaders who know how to save lives.

For a community to empower itself through aquatics, it first has to feel safe in the water. And safety starts with lifeguards. At SwimRVA, we teach future lifeguards to create and maintain safe environments for swimmers of all ability levels, creating more opportunity and access for everyone. We offer certification courses throughout the year.

Our Innovative Swim For Life Program

We’ve also begun a groundbreaking workforce development initiative called Swim For Life. Designed to provide high school students with the skills and qualifications necessary to gain employment as a lifeguard, these free, credit-bearing courses give them the chance to become aquatically accomplished while directly making their city a safer place. When these students commit to instilling a sense of safety and courage within themselves, that spirit spreads, setting an example for health and wellbeing across entire communities. As this highly valuable program continues to grow, check back for more information on its positive impact.


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The SwimRVA Safety School is a well-structured program that focuses on the necessary skills needed for water safety. The instructor really makes a positive impact while teaching water safety with his positive and energetic attitude. This allowed me to learn all the skills needed for water safety in a fun and focused manner.

Nick Haas, former student & SwimRVA Lifeguard