Lifeguard Certification Test

If you want to get a job as a lifeguard, then taking a Lifeguard Certification Test is one of the most important things you need to look into. This article will tell you all you need to know about the exam and how to prepare.

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The Lifeguard Certification Assessment

The Certification Test is the final step towards becoming a fully qualified lifeguard and is made up of a number of assessments. The whole process can be quite challenging, and it needs to be. Lifeguards have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, so it's important that their lifeguard training is fully tested to check whether they have the necessary knowledge

How do you become a certified Lifeguard?

To become a certified lifeguard, you've got to pass the Certification Test. Once you've passed, you can then apply for lifeguarding jobs and opportunities.

You'll have to enroll in a Certification course if you want to be able to take the assessments. These lifeguard training courses are usually 15-30 hours in total and will teach you everything you need to know to get through the final exam.

The courses are available everywhere, and you can even take an online lifeguard training class if you have a busy schedule.


What tests will I need to take to become a Lifeguard?

This will depend on your course provider and where you are located, but usually, the Certification test can be divided into 3 main components.

Lifeguard swimming skills

The swim test is an important part of the testing process, but you shouldn't get too worried about it. With a little dedication to the training process, you'll be able to complete the assessment with ease.

Distance Swim

he first part of the swim test is the distance swim. To pass this section, you must be able to swim 300 yards without stopping. This is around 4 lengths of a standard-sized swimming pool. You have to swim at least 100 yards of both freestyle/front crawl and breaststroke, and for the final 100 yards, you can choose your favorite of the two.

Submerged Object Retrieval

The second section that makes up the swim assessment is a submerged object retrieval. This involves swimming 20 yards, performing a surface dive to the bottom of the pool, picking up a weight, and carrying it back to where you started. This all has to be completed without wearing goggles.

Finally, you'll have to show that you can confidently tread water for an extended period of time - typically around 2 minutes.

American Aquatics and Safety Training CPR/AED Lifeguard Test

The next part of the exam is the CPR/AED test. This is run by the American Aquatics and Safety Training Lifeguarding team and is used to check that a potential lifeguard is capable of providing life support in an emergency situation.

You'll have to know what to do whether you are faced with an adult or child victim, and what techniques you should use in different situations. It won't matter whether you are training to be a beach, pool, or shallow water lifeguard, the content of the American Aquatics and Safety Training exam will be pretty similar across each.

You'll cover all this in your lifeguard training course, so don't worry if it sounds scary now. Having the American Aquatics and Safety Training Certification is one of the benefits of being a lifeguard, and can come in useful if you ever apply for safety jobs away from the pool.

First Aid Lifeguard Test

The final part of the process is the First Aid test. This checks that you know what to do if someone requires medical assistance, and ensures that you'll be able to provide an effective response.

The content of this exam can vary between different providers, but you can be sure that preparing for it will be a big focus of your lifeguard training program.

How can I prepare for the tests?

To make sure that you pass the final lifeguard exam the first time, it's important that you are fully prepared and know exactly what you need to do. This means practicing your maneuvers for the swimming test, for example building up to be able to tread water for 2 minutes, and working on your breathing whilst swimming.

You should also do some revision for the written part of the CPR and lifeguard emergency assistance tests. These both have questions that come up nearly every time, so if you do some practice you can be sure that you'll know exactly what to write for each question.

Finally, if you haven't done so before, work on your underwater swimming abilities without goggles. Although this doesn't sound very difficult, for some people keeping their eyes open underwater is quite hard. With a bit of practice though you'll be able to do it easily.

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