PRIVATE GROUP LIFEGUARD
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Our Mobile Red Cross Lifeguard Training serves several metro areas from our branch offices in Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, Washington DC and Hawai’i.
This lifeguard certification course is at your chosen pool location for your private group, or see our calendar 2/3 down the page if you are an individual wishing to join a public offering of ours.If you're an individual, not a group, click here
Lifeguard training Red Cross certifications are given for each student passing all curriculum points for Lifeguard Training, CPR-Pro, AED and Lifeguard First Aid. Our Los Angeles, San Jose/San Francisco, Texas, Hawai’i, and East Coast branches conduct at-your-location lifeguard certification in one intensive weekend or spread over a mix of evening time weekdays and weekend training.
This is a 2-day intensive course, usually arranged on one full weekend, or on two consecutive Saturdays or two consecutive Sundays. These days are just our most common, yet you are free to arrange weekdays as well. Most groups though opt for the weekend. This training is intended for solid swimmers in the 2-day format.
There is a 6 participant minimum for private classes. If you’re by yourself, we can still likely fit you in on one of the forming groups. See below. If you have a group of less than our minimum 6 and want to proceed with less than 6, it’s ok, we must still charge our minimum base price based on 6 and divide it between participants. Four warm bodies are needed for the class for skills practice. Another option if you have less than 6, is to agree to host a few kids from our class interest list to make your minimum–or even better, if you then reach 9 or 12 students total, one student gets the class 50% off or totally free, respectively.
Your group provides the pool (it can be a backyard pool for skills). We will test kids at a nearby standard 25-yard pool for final checks.
Cost per private group student is $229 tuition and materials + $35 Red Cross online text, and certification fee-total: $264. However, individuals coming to our advertised public offerings, the price ranges from $264-284 depending on the host pool we use.
Our Complete Red Cross Lifeguard Course Offerings:
Red Cross Lifeguard Training (LGT) Blended Learning Course–Designed for first-timers, and lifeguards whose certs have expired. We offer this course as a full 2-day program. Same content as 4-day Park and Rec city program classes, but we condense it with longer days and more focused time, cost $264 ($274-$284 for individuals coming to some commercial pool sites)
Red Cross LGT Review course, for those who’s certs are soon to expire but still certified (30 day grace period allowed). If your cert is expired, take our standard course (still quicker than typical Park and Rec 4 day LGT courses). The review course is typically given as a one 12 hour day, or sometimes two 6-hour days–cost $164 ($174 some pool sites). Note: bring your CPR pocket mask from your previous class to use in CPR practice, or purchase a new mask for $10 at class. For the stand-alone review course rate, the whole class must be set up to be a review course, not mixed with standard 2-day first-timer course participants unless otherwise stated. If you intend to have both types of class on the same weekend, that is ok, but please contact our office to set up the training this special way.
Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguard Course and One-Day Review Course, designed for people who guard at pools up to 5 feet deep. 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.
Upgrade course from Shallow Water to Standard Lifeguard certification: Typically 2-3 hours of deepwater skills, and passing the longer swim pre-tests of the standard course, plus taking the standard course written test. The cost for upgrade: $50 includes new RC certification fee.
Waterfront Lifeguard Training is designed for those needing certification for guarding at lakes or calm bays. It’s the standard two-day pool lifeguard program plus a 6-hour third day of waterfront skills at your chosen waterfront. Cost is $315 per student all inclusive.
DFW and East Coast course offerings may be somewhat higher in price. Check with our office. Our contact tab is at the top of this page.
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Yumi and Jere were wonderful lifeguards when they guarded our end of year pool party on Wednesday June 11 from 11-2. They were in touch with me, were on time and prepared, and were very responsible and knowledgeable. I was so happy to be able to put two adults in charge of our fourth grade class party.
Based on my experience with Yumi Temple and her cohort Jere, I would highly recommend Happy Swimmers.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. So happy we used your business.
Hi Jenn.. wow today was really scary. I had to use my first aid skills on my mom! We work at the same preschool & she had an allergic reaction & went into shock! I did everything I remembered until the paramedics came.. I really can’t thank you enough for teaching me everything I needed to know!
Everything about my experience with Happy Swimmers has been amazing! From the scheduling to the fantastic teacher they sent for my 5 and 6 year old. The instructor, Emma, had to contend with 2 very different personalities along with 2 different levels of swimming experience. She was more than equipped to deal with that and gave each child unparalleled support, encouragement and instruction. I highly recommend this service to all parents that want to give their child a great experience in being water safe!
We have three kids ages 7, 4, and 2 & 1/2. This was our second year having Happy Swimmers, with instructor Trisha Commons, come teach our kids (the two oldest) to swim. I tried another company the year before I tried Happy Swimmers and although the kids learned swim safety, they were bored and did not learn how to enjoy the pool. Trisha got our son, who did not really like swimming, having fun and by the end of last year could swim the entire length of the pool on his own.
Trisha is great with the kids and is flexible in her teaching style to work with different personalities. She is able to get the kids confident in their abilities and teaches them how to swim, but also teaches them how to have fun! I will definitely be asking Happy Swimmers and Trisha to teach the kids again next year.
I have a toddler and a pool and wanted to make sure my son learned water safety. After taking some group classes last summer, I knew I wanted more one-on-one attention at our home. This summer I reviewed several in-home companies and was impressed with Happy Swimmers approach of water safety.
Trish worked with my stubborn 2-yr old 2-3 times a week. Within the first lesson he knew how to climb out of the pool and to ask permission before getting in. Although our goal was to get him water comfortable more than “swimming”, he indeed learned to swim within a few weeks. We extended our lessons and really appreciated Trish’s approach. We will sign up again next summer. Many of our friends with children happened to be present on several lessons and I expect they will also sign up next summer as well.
Hired a happy swimmers for private life guard for a party for over 200 people at my house. The lifeguard was great. She called to confirm before, came on time, and stayed later then we originally signed up because the party went over. She also showed up on time despite there being a black out that because of storms the day before. I highly recommend Happy Swimmers.
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The benefits of booking us for a private class over a Park and Rec class?
- You choose the dates and times that work for your group, not on someone else’s schedule
- It’s YOUR group, at YOUR location
- Class size is limited, better quality and done quicker
- Your staff instructors are top notch pros
- If you have to reschedule, you can.
- Our effort is to the individual, not to move the group on and let a few fail.
- We’ve been doing LGT’s 25+ years. We know how to make it fun and effective
Our fee is payable by check (at class) or credit card (prior to class). For credit card payments, see link at the bottom of this page. We offer our lowest price guarantee for any private class booking. If you find a lower price, by an insured Red Cross authorized company doing a private class, we’ll match it or beat it .
We’ve been doing this training 20 years and have a passion and a track record of making the highest quality privately trained guards in the industry.
Lifeguard classes appear on our calendar below. Some may be private, others will say if they are open for individuals to join. They will be listed as such in their expanded info-click on the training event in the calendar in which you are interested.Individuals ready to register for a class on our calendar?
COURSE PRE-TEST ABILITY CHECKOFF
- You choose the dates and times that work for your group, not on someone else’s schedule
- Student minimum age is 15 by final day of class.
- Swim 300 yards (example: 12 lengths of a standard 25 yard public pool) demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing without stopping, not timed.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
- A timed weight-retrieval drill (the Brick) where you swim 20 yards, do a surface dive to a 10-pound weight in 7-10 feet deep water, 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. This is an easy time interval for the normal swimmer.
- Please note: Course tuition fees are not refundable for not passing the swim pre-tests. Being a lifeguard takes solid swimming skills or you could put yourself and/or the victim in serious danger and have a double drowning. The Red Cross and your instructors take that seriously. Why not practice test yourself in the days or weeks before class?
Calendar link also accessed by clicking here
Easy Steps to Host a Lifeguard Class for a Private Group
Email Jenn at Happy Swimmers Swim School email@example.com, about any course questions. Please make sure your host pool is heated (85 degrees+ preferred), has at least a 7 foot deep end, and you have a comfortable space available to watch some DVD segments ( a living room is fine). Some instructors can also stream the videos over wi-fi if you have that available. Please email our office a couple of pictures taken of your pool to make sure it’s suitable for the training. Although a large hot tub is warm and fun, it’s not sufficient for the training.
Organize the dates you want within your group: often Saturday full day, Sunday full day works well. The 2-day class is for good swimmer, well-focused students.
Visit this link below for our sister company, jtacpr.com, to book your class.
Your training is then entered in 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 (likely the host) completes their enrollment online with their payment, the group’s training dates are then reserved, and all is a go.
As each student of the group enrolls from the link, they will receive their class confirmation receipt and class info immediately to the enrolled email address they used.
Blended Learning is our prime method as it saves class time:
In blended learning, students must complete online approximately 7 hours of the course, and show the instructor the online completion certificate at the beginning of class. Students should have at least 1 week prior to their in-class training to complete the online portion. Blended learning format is considered 7 hours online, 20 hours in classroom/pool. A standard LGT course is approximately 27 hours classroom/pool. Here’s the link to start blended learning if that is your course designation (it’s also found in your welcome letter upon enrollment):
With over 27 years of training our nation’s lifeguards, we’re confident you’ll have a great class!
Owner and Head Lifeguard Instructor
Tip: Look through chapters on Water rescue skills, spinal emergencies, CPR and First aid prior to class, it goes easier if you’re familiar with some of the basics.
Due to the booking of our lifeguard instructors and enough equipment, we require a refund policy.
Transferring to Another Class: Class tuition can be applied to one other Happy Swimmers Lifeguard class, when available, within 3 months if you reschedule greater than 72 hours (3 days) from the start of class.
For refund of fees: 100% refund of tuition is granted if it is requested by email 7 days before class, with the one exception the restriction is waived in the event of documented medical issues. Speak with our office, we want you to take care of yourself.If you're an individual, not a group, click here
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INDIVIDUALS WISHING TO JOIN A LIFEGUARD CLASS
Any individuals not with their own group, and no pool of their own:
Scroll up first to see if you can fit into a class advertised in our calendar. If you can’t, then receive twice monthly updates of new lifeguard classes that add to our calendar by SMS. Text “LGTClasses” to 555888. First, though, scroll up a bit to see our current training calendar, that’s the fastest to notice what open classes are ready to join and where. Opt out of the text updates at any time.
WILLING TO HOST?
Do you have a pool and are open to hosting a group (large or small)? In that case, Text “hostLGT” to 555888, and answer a couple of brief questions. We’ll be in touch shortly after. In thanks for hosting at a home pool, we will reimburse you from 50% to 100% off your tuition fee for one student. A value of up to $274 and you have no commute! Host with commercial pool access? Rent $ given even higher. Hosts are automatically named as an Additional Insured on our insurance policy under our Blanket AI benefit.
Note: Sorry, no individuals will be served during our Winter season October to February, only groups of 6 or more with your own pool can be trained year round. Individuals texting for dates will get notices resuming March 1st.
Our website sends out SMS class calendar updates February through July. –Also, check back regularly to our lifeguard training calendar, as classes that are privately formed will go up on this calendar Spring through Summer.
We look forward to training you!
Jenn Tyler and the Lifeguard Instructor Team
Happy Swimmers USA