How does this work?


You are required to use the Lifeguarding Manual 2024 to complete this course. The manual is very helpful for completing the online portion. 

You must create an eBook account separate from your Red Cross Learning Center account. 

Participant Manual eBook Access Code and Link.pdf

click to visit our schedule page and register. 


Lifeguarding Blended Learning- $250 $195 (limited time discount*)

*Only one discount per participant applies. Multiple discounts cannot be used.

*Lifeguards eligible for the employee 50% off discount will pay $125.

*Recertification courses are not eligible for any discount.

Lifeguarding Blended Learning Recertification- $100

CPR/ AED for Professional Rescuers Recertification- $75

Paid by credit/debit card or cash. Payment is due on the first day of in-person training sessions.

You will receive a bill via email from the James Scurlock Sports Academy (JSSA) to pay via credit/debit card online.

Students will be required to participate and meet the objectives indicated in the Lifeguarding Manual and pass a Lifeguarding written exam with a passing grade of 80% or higher. Students will be allowed only one retake of an alternate exam.

Certificates are available online with the American Red Cross within 10 days of completion with a passing grade.


The first hour of the first in-person session of this course is designed for instructors to verify participant age with photo-ID and complete the in-water physical prerequisites. 

Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course. Individuals who do not meet the age requirements for the course may be directed to the Junior Lifeguarding program, which is designed for participants between the ages of 11 and 14 years. 

Swim-Tread-Swim Sequence

■ Swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.

-Swimming on the back or side is not permitted.

-Swim goggles are allowed.

■ Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.

■ Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.

Timed Event

Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

■ Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.

-The face may be in or out of the water.

-Swim goggles are not allowed.

■ Surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

■ Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face at or near the surface.

■ Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

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JSSA's mission includes community engagement and building relationships among young people in the Omaha area. By teaching lifeguarding, JSSA can bring together youth from different backgrounds and neighborhoods around a common goal of promoting water safety, which can foster a sense of community and connection. Get lifeguard training in Omaha, Nebraska with JSSA.