In order to obtain a lifeguard certification in Colorado (CO), applicants will generally follow similar procedures as those outlined on the general page about lifeguard certification requirements. The requirements outlined on that page are standard American Red Cross (ARC) qualifications as the ARC is a nationally recognized institution for lifeguard training.
As an example, the City of Boulder Aquatics Division offers lifeguarding classes that are certified by the American Red Cross. In order to be eligible for one of these courses, you must be 15 years of age by the date of the last class session.
Candidates for the course must also be able to pass a prerequisite swim test that consists of a 300 yard uninterrupted swim (100 yards front crawl + 100 yards breaststroke + 100 yards of front crawl or breaststroke) and a timed skill test with a surface dive of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb object. In the surface dive test (which must be completed within the 1 minute and 20 seconds timing deadline), students must also swim a distance of 20 yards to the object and another 20 yards back with the retrieved object to the starting point.
Besides the City of Boulder, state residents may find lifeguarding courses through local branches of the American Red Cross and the YMCA. The University of Denver also offers courses which will give students certificates in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. DU’s courses also require a prerequisite swim test.
A couple private organizations that offer lifeguard training in the state include Colorado Life Lessons, LLC and the Colorado Springs Swim School. Both of these companies give classes that are also ARC certified and have prerequisite swim tests similar to those described above.
- City of Boulder – http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10341&Itemid=3827
- University of Denver – http://recreation.du.edu/instructional/?main=7&main2=104&main3=0
- Colorado Life Lessons, LLC – http://www.coloradolifelessons.com/swimming.html
- Colorado Springs Swim School – http://www.csswimschool.com/info.asp?uid=331