Safety School Shield

CPR/First Aid/AED Certifications

This American Red Cross class is a two year certification in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. It is the top certification for lay responders, perfect for educators, parents, workplace training, etc. This course will help to prepare you for any number of first aid situations involving adults, children or infants.

This course is divided into two sections: a free online training accessible at h followed by an in-person skill session. Please bring confirmation of online completion to your skill session.

Fee = $99

Guard Ready/Pre-Requisite Course (Swim Test)

All Lifeguard Certification course participants must complete a Guard Ready/Pre-Requisite (Swim Test) course before attending a Lifeguard class.
The following are required to complete the Swim Test:


Lifeguard Certification  Course

Each class includes a date for your Swim Test.  You must attend this date and complete the Swim Test to participate in the Lifeguard Class.

This course is the American Red Cross Lifeguarding class, with certification for CPR, AED for the Professional Rescuer and Emergency Oxygen Administration, valid for two years. You must be 15 years old by the last scheduled day of class.

The Lifeguard Certification class is a blended learning course that combines online learning with in-person skills. Please plan to complete all eLearning modules at least two days prior to your first in-person skills session.

All blended learning materials can be found here: Red Cross Blended Learning Site.  Please be sure to complete all Blended Learning Modules before attending the class.

Fee = $289 (includes Swim Test)

Lifeguard Re-Certification And Review Course

If you have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or your certification is recently expired, this class is the class for you. If you are looking for a job or additional hours, we are actively hiring lifeguards and will pay your fee for this course: contact Rebecca Quicke for details

Fee = $199

Lifeguard Instructor Course (LGI)

This class will certify qualifying individuals as American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors (LGIs). Experienced Instructor Trainers will coach and polish your lifeguard skills, teaching skills, walk you through the Red Cross materials and systems, even share our experience teaching with water mannequins and social distancing. Our staff of Instructor Trainers is excited to get you started on your path as a Red Cross Instructor, ready to teach a range of lifeguarding and safety classes.

You must be at least 17 years old and have current lifeguard certification with a relatively strong skill level to take the class. This class will take approximately twenty-seven hours including three, 3-hour video sessions and two days in the pool.

If you have any questions about this course please email our Director of Safety School, Ted, at

Fee = $399

Lifeguard Instructor Update (LGI Update)

This course is AP-HSSAQU856, the Lifeguarding Instructor Review Course for current or soon to expire LGIs. This training will include advice on teaching classes with social distancing, plus hands-on use of in-water mannequins. We’ve taught multiple classes with these new procedures and we are eager to share our experience.

SwimRVA will follow all health and safety guidelines in administering this course including masks and mannequins.  You will NOT need a buddy for this class.

It may be possible to recertify you as a guard during the class for an additional fee of $50.  If you have any questions about this course please email our Director of Safety School, Ted, at

Fee = $99

To reserve your spot you must pay the total amount at registration.  Cash and checks are accepted at the front desk but your spot will not be held without payment.

Participants must give written notice (forms available at the front desk) at least 48 hours in advance to get a full refund.  If you cancel within 48 hours of the class you will be subject to a cancellation fee.