Pool Personnel offers first time lifeguard training as well as re-certification through the Red Cross. More details about courses can be found below. As of January 1, 2021, we have not set the schedule for spring training. However, we are looking into doing training in January and February. Courses will be a combined blended learning online and in person instruction in the water using one of our heated outdoor pools. If you are interested in training at any time this spring, please complete the survey below to help us in forming classes.

Our second full certification course of the winter will be a blended learning course. Participants will be given access to online learning from the American Red Cross and will need to complete those lessons in advance of in person training, scheduled for March 13-14 at Montgomery Square Copenhaver Swim Club in Potomac. Participants in this class must be available both days. To sign up, please follow the link below. Questions? Email john@poolpersonnel.com.

Our second recertification course of the winter will be a blended learning course. Participants will be given access to online learning from the American Red Cross and will need to complete those lessons in advance of in person training, scheduled for February 20 or 21 at Montgomery Square Copenhaver Swim Club in Potomac. To sign up, please follow the link below. Questions? Email john@poolpersonnel.com.

Pool Personnel offers first time lifeguard training as well as re-certification through the Red Cross. Our 2021 Pre-Memorial Day Training Schedule is as follows:

Course Type Date(s) Hours Location
Full Certficication #1 TBD 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mohican Pool
Recertification #1 TBD 9 a.m. to noon Mohican Pool
Full Certficication #2 TBD 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Willows Pool
Recertification #2 TBD 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Old Georgetown Club

Course fees for Pool Personnel employees are $215 for full certification, and $150 for re-certification. Certification in Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and AED is good for two years. Non Pool Personnel employees pay an additional $35 for certification. Payment is due prior to the first class by check made payable to the instructor. Payment may also be made by credit card in advance of the course. If registrants elect to pay by credit, you will receive an invoice via email through QuickBooks. Course fees are not refundable within 72 hours of the scheduled start time of the course.

Basic Requirements

As the Red Cross and other lifeguard training providers have changed certification to be valid for two years, it is always a good idea to check your certifications to make sure they are current. For almost all providers, the following basics are required:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously.
  • all participants be at least 15 years old by the beginning of the course.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using 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.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all saves.
  • Pass written and practical tests for lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid and AED.

Other Options

For those seeking certification at a different time, below is a list of links to area providers. If you find somewhere else to get certified, please be sure to check with us to make sure the certification is accepted by Montgomery County.

Pool Operator Courses: Pool Personnel does not offer courses taught by us at this time. However, we do offer a list of available courses. This is not a complete list and you may be able to find other courses.