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Lifeguard Certification Course

A valuable skill that has application in and out of camp!

The Lifeguard Training Program is provided at the discounted rate of $300.00 (normally $450) to those returning campers who register before April 30, 2024. The lifeguard class includes approximately 32 hours of instruction and one class will be scheduled every 2 weeks.

Camp Lohikan will provide all of the necessary instruction and paperwork, pay the participant's American Red Cross Registration Fee (approx. $40), provide the ARC Lifeguard Workbook (approx. $40), and provide a CPR Rescue Mask ($10-12) for use in the program.

The Lifeguard Certification Course also includes American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification.


AGE REQUIREMENT: To be certified by the American Red Cross as a lifeguard, the participant must be 15 years of age.

SWIMMING SKILLS: The participant must successfully complete the following to be eligible to take the Lifeguard Course:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, using the following:
  • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front.
  • 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke.  The 100 yards may be a combination of the front crawl and breaststroke.
  • Note: There is no time requirement for this skill. The participant must show only that he or she can swim 300 yards using the above strokes without stopping.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Campers who do not pass the swimming prerequisites can sign up for swim classes that will improve these skills. This is part of the camp's swimming instruction program and included in the camp's tuition.


The lifeguard class extends 32 hours of instruction. One class will be scheduled to begin and end within each 13-14 day session.

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