Mobile Lifeguard Training Bay Area San Francisco

Lifeguard Certification

Red Cross Lifeguard Training CPR training

Happy Swimmers’ American Red Cross Mobile Lifeguard Training Bay Area provides entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.

Red Cross certifications for Lifeguard Training, CPR-PRO, AED, and First Aid are issued to candidates who successfully complete the training. Certificates are valid for 2 years.

If you have a pool that meets the Red Cross standards for a training facility, please use our contact form to email your location, time frame, and the current number of students that may want to take the training. In thanks for hosting at your pool, we will waive the tuition for the student of your choice. Host clients automatically are named as an additional insured on our general liability insurance policy.

If you don’t have pool access, but still need to be certified, please check the training calendar. Classes open to walk-on students will be added throughout the year as facilities become available. We look forward to training you!

How long is the Red Cross Mobile Lifeguard Training Bay Area Certification Course?

This is a 2-day intensive course, usually arranged on one full weekend, or on two consecutive days. This training is intended for competent swimmers.

How many people are needed for a class?

There is a 6 participant minimum for lifeguard classes. If you have a group of less than the minimum 6, we can still accommodate your training with the understanding that you will be charged for the 6 participants or open the class to walk-on students. According to the Red Cross standards, there must be at least 5 participants in the class. 

Lifeguard Certification Class Pre-course Requirements

    • Student minimum age is 15 years by the last day of class
    • Swim 300 yards using freestyle or breaststroke. The candidate must demonstrate breath control and rhythmic breathing without stopping.
    • Tread Water for 2 minutes
    • Timed brick test: Swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, and retrieve a 10-pound brick from the bottom. Surface and swim on your back with the object 20 yards, exit the water without using a ladder or steps. The time limit is 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Please note: Course tuition fee is not refundable for not passing the swim pretest.

Once the candidate enters the pool it is assumed that they are competent to complete all tests. If you have a question about the testing please feel free to contact us prior to taking the test.

Our Complete Lifeguard Training Bay Area Course Offerings:

Red Cross Lifeguard Training (LGT) Blended Learning Course

Cost: $364 (some Bay Area/Sacramento regions may occasionally be higher due to travel; we will inform you) 

Time: Online 7 hours, In-person 20 hours

Provides entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. The Lifeguard Training Blended Learning Course allows you to read the material and watch the videos from the comfort of your home. The online training is approximately 7 hours. In-person training will be 20 hours. This training is for new lifeguard candidates or those with lapsed certifications. In some cases, travel fees may need to be compensated by the group or host.  Our office will inform you if this is the case for your specific training. Certification issued for 2 years.

Link to Download the Lifeguard Textbook to your computer for pre-study here (Lifeguard text near the bottom of the page)

Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard Course 


Time: Online 7 hours, In-person 20 hours

Provide entry-level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. This training is specifically for facilities with a water depth of 5 feet or less. Certification issued for 2 years.


Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course

Cost: $294 

Time: 10 hours

For those whose certifications are soon to expire but still certified (30 day grace period allowed). The review course is usually conducted in one day. Lifeguards will be expected to complete the Lifeguard prerequisite swim test, practice rescue skills, work through team scenarios, successfully complete the written test and skills test at the end of the course. Note: You will need to bring your hip pack, gloves, resuscitation mask, whistle, and lanyard.   Certification issued for 2 years.

Link to Download the Lifeguard Textbook to your computer for pre-study here (Lifeguard text near the bottom of the page)

Waterfront Lifeguard Training

Cost: $435

Time: 6 hours on top of LGT course bundled together

To teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found in public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. The course is conducted in conjunction with the lifeguard training program. As a stand-alone course, it is a 6-hour training at the waterfront. Certification issued for 2 years.

Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard Course and One-Day Review Course,

Designed for people who guard at pools up to 5 feet deep. The same pricing as the standard courses above, however, certification is only for shallow water pools, and easier pre-tests, including a 100 yard swim instead of a 300-yard swim.

Travel fees

Occasionally, travel fees may need to be compensated by the group or host.  Our office will inform you if this is the case for your specific training.

The benefits of booking with us for  Lifeguard Training:

  • You choose the dates and times for your training
  • Direct contact with the instructor prior to the training
  • Your group trains at your location
  • Class size is limited
  • You may reschedule in the event of an emergency

How to enroll/pay

Lifeguard classes appear on the scheduling calendar below. Classes will be identified by private booking and those open to the public. By clicking on the event calendar the information will be expanded. 

The course fee is payable by credit card prior to the class on the specific event page which is created for your training group. To join a class listed on the calendar please click on the banner below.


Step 1

Make sure your host pool is a commercial pool (no residential backyard pools per Red Cross) and is heated – 82 degrees minimum for comfort.  Ask our office if you have any questions. The pool needs to have a 7-foot deep end with a 15-yard distance from the pool edge. You will need an area to conduct CPR and First Aid training. Please email our office pictures of your pool to make sure it’s suitable for the training. 

Step 2

Organize the dates you want within your group. A weekend training may consist of a Friday evening and all-day training for Saturday and Sunday.

Step 3

Visit the Happy Swimmers link to book your class:

Step 4

Your lifeguard certification class will be entered into our online registration system by our office.  The host will then be sent the enrollment link and will distribute it to their group.  As soon as the first student completes their enrollment online with their payment, the group’s training dates are then reserved.

Step 5

Each student will need to enroll from the link, receive their confirmation receipt and additional class information which will be sent to their email addresses.

Students will be responsible for completing their online training prior to the class.

A completion certificate will be issued when completed and should be shown to the instructor at the first class.  Students should plan to have the training completed 1 week prior to the class.    

Refund Policy

100% refund of tuition is granted if it is requested by email 7 days before the class, minus any travel fees that we have paid for the instructor. Happy Swimmers-paid travel fees are non-refundable to our clients.

If a student experiences a medical emergency and seeks medical attention, the note received from the medical doctor stating the student may not participate in the training will grant a 100 % refund.

Speak with our office, we want you to take care of yourself.

Covid-19 medical excuses excepted of course, however, if the class falls below 5 students, the class will need to be rescheduled as Red Cross requires 5 students for some certified skills we must practice.

We look forward to bringing out your best lifesaving skills!

The Lifeguard Training Bay Area Team of Happy Swimmers 

Individuals looking to join a public class of ours?  Come see our offerings here:

Lifeguard Certification Staff in San Francisco Bay Area

Chris G, CPR and Lifeguard Instructors, Ultra Runner and Lighting Guru

San Francisco Bay Area

Chris Gregory has worked in the Pre-Hospital Healthcare field for almost 7 years now, from getting his Rescue Diver certification from PADI, to his EMT license. Chris currently works as an EMT, having previously worked as a Fire Fighter, and teaches CPR, EMT skills, and Life Guarding. When not working, Chris can be found running, in a handstand, or studying for the MCAT Exam, which will push him one step closer to his dream of becoming an Emergency room physician!

Serving: Alameda, Oakland, San Leandro, Richmond, San Francisco

Fiona Kg, Lifeguard Instructor (LGI), Weird Fact Lover, World Traveler, Music Lover, and Graduate Student

North San Francisco

Hello everyone! My name is Fiona. I’ve worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor since 2015 with the University of California San Francisco Fitness and Recreation, as well as with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco since 2019. After reopening, due to the global pandemic, I became a Lead guard at UCSF and wanted to further my knowledge of aquatics departments as a whole as well as to help with the national lifeguard shortage. I would love to pass on all my tips and tricks about lifeguarding to all the new staff that I work with as well as to those who I hope to teach in the future. I am excited to see what kind of new experiences I’ll have been a lifeguard instructor!

Jenn Tyler, Past President of the Company, LGI, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor

Company founder, past CEO, with 30 years lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, and swim teaching experience

Living on Kaua’i island, Hawai’i most of the year, and traveling to Australia, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay, and Denver regularly to lead Lifeguard Courses and CPR training, Jenn was the director of Happy Swimmers for over 32 years. It is a passion of mine to assist in the empowerment of children learning how to swim in a medium once considered a fearful, uncertain place, magically turned into a supportive, fun environment to be explored with friends. The same goes for lifeguarding and training new lifeguards–there is no greater inner joy either in saving someone’s life as a lifeguard, or teaching others how to perform lifesaving skills. It is an honor for me to watch my students grow–where once there was doubt or panic, now there is strength and confidence.

Thank you for looking to become a Happy Swimmer!

–Jenn Tyler, past owner, and founder

Lindsay Brecht, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, LGI, CPR Instr,**CPR ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD**

Sunnyvale is her home

**Happy Swimmers recognizes Lifeguard Lindsay with it’s CPR ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD–Doing her important part to savea 7 year old boy…Way to go Lindsay!**

3 years swim teaching experience, including Special Needs kids.

Some Communities I serve: Sunnyvale, San Jose, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Campbell, Mountain View, Santa Clara

Swim Instructor role: What’s better than feeling free, comfortable, confident and safe in the water!?! I want to help every child or adult I teach to feel this way. My love for the water started as an infant, and my love for competing started a few years later. I swam competitively for over 10 years and once my opportunities to compete diminished, I decided to teach. I taught swim lessons at the San Ramon Olympic Pool for three years. I taught all age groups ranging from 6 months to adults. I also have experience teaching lessons to children with special needs. My love for the water goes beyond swimming on the surface. I got scuba certified at 13 and I’ve been exploring the depths of the ocean ever since.

Event Lifeguard role:As a child, I was the swimmer the lifeguards hated. Holding my breath to the very last moment, twisting and turning under water, running on the pool deck, doing the “dead man’s float.” I loved swimming and hated the lifeguards for ruining my fun. I’ve since learned that fun can still be had while following the rules. As a lifeguard, my number 1 priority is safety! Fun is a must, but it’s second to safety. I have three years of lifeguarding experience and received Recognition of First Responder and Life Saving Efforts from the City of San Ramon for my role is saving the life of a 7 year old boy.

Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) role:Teaching the lifeguarding course is like teaching a sport. There’s the physical skills aspect and the psychological understanding and awareness aspect. My goal is to teach both. I feel successful when I’m running through the end of class scenario and the student’s know how to leverage their tubes for buoyancy, when to call for help, the holds and strap sequence for a spinal, and when and how to perform CPR. They are confident with their decisions and skill. I’ve taught the lifeguard.

CPR Instructor role:I’ve performed CPR and used an AED in an emergency situation. I am always scoping out where the nearest AED is in a building and running through “what if” scenarios in my head. I know what to do in an emergency and I have taught others what to do as well. I have over 4 years experience teaching CPR, first aid and AED courses.

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