Earning a lifeguard certification in Arizona is fairly standard. A certificate through the American Red Cross is a safe bet to be eligible to many job opportunities as it is widely accepted (or even demanded) by employers in the state.
But as always before enrolling in a class, do a little research first on the particular employers that you wish to work for in order to find out which certification programs they prefer their lifeguards to have completed. Knowing about their hiring preferences can give you a competitive advantage over other applicants. Visit their website, talk to management or the hiring personnel about your interest, or ask former and present employees about their lifeguarding backgrounds.
The cities of Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Litchfield, Glendale, Tucson, and Sedona (among others) all accept, offer, and/or even require Red Cross certifications. Information about city-specific class offerings, job requirements, or employment opportunities can be easily found on the city website for each using the search term “lifeguard.”
Red Cross certifications are also available through Arizona State University and The University of Arizona. Enrollment information can be found on their respective websites as well.
In order to complete an American Red Cross course, applicants must be at least 15 years of age or older by the date of the last class session. The standard Lifeguard Training courses through the Red Cross include a CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certificate and cover first aid training as well.
Students of Red Cross training programs must be able to pass a couple physical tests. One of these includes swimming for 300 yards without breaking to rest. Another involves diving to retrieve a 10 pound object from the bottom of the swimming pool. Visit the Lifeguard Certification Requirements page for more detailed information about the swim tests.