Lifeguard Training
We are excited to announce that we will be working with Heritage Hills Recreation Club to offer Lifeguard Training during the Spring of 2022.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course is to provide lifeguard candidates with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel arrive and take over.

We will be conducting the American Red Cross Blended Learning version of the course. This course utilizes online modules, classroom lectures and instructor led skills sessions. Certification includes Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and is valid for 2 years upon successful completion.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Candidates must be 15 years of age by the last day of class. 
  • Swim 300 yards continuously (no stopping/touching the bottom of the pool) demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using freestyle, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. 
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits or have their hands out of the water. 
  • Completing a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards with the face in the water. Submerge to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object and return to the surface. Then swim 20 yards at the surface of the water while on your back as you return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping your face at the surface. To finish you must exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Swim goggles are not allowed. 

Criteria for Certifications:

  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions - coming late or leaving early is not an option
  • Complete all eLearning units prior to the in-person sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Demonstrate competency in the required final rescue skill scenarios
  • Pass the Lifeguarding and the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid final written exams with an 80 percent or better

Course Length:

  • eLearning - approximately 7 hours, may be longer
  • In-Person Time - 20 hours of lecture and skills
  • Please note we have added 1.5 hours for lunch and breaks during all-day class sessions
  • We have also added in extra time for weather as skills cannot be completed if it thunders or lightning is seen - we would rather finish the course early versus having to add time at a later date
  • It is possible that all-day class sessions will finish early so please make sure there is someone who can pick you up early if you do not drive on your own yet

Class Location:

  • This course will be held at Heritage Hills Recreation Club which is located at 621 Yorktown Drive, Chapel Hill, 27516
  • Please note this is an outdoor pool with a heater, so please plan accordingly

Course Cost:

  • $300 for entire course
  • Cost includes certification costs, whistle, pocket mask and hip pack

March Class - Meets During Chapel Hill and Durham Spring Break

  • Sunday, March 20: Deadline to complete eLearning component of class
  • Sunday, March 27: Prerequisites - 3:30-5pm
  • Monday, March 28: 8:30am-4pm
  • Tuesday, March 29: 8:30am-4pm
  • Wednesday, March 30: 8:30am-4pm
  • Thursday, March 31: 8:30am -4pm

April Class - Meets During Chatham County Spring Break

  • Sunday, April 10: Deadline to complete eLearning component of class
  • Tuesday, April 19: 8am - 4pm
  • Wednesday, April 20: 8am - 4pm
  • Thursday, April 21: 8am-4pm
  • Friday, April 22: 8am-4pm 

May Class - TBD

Lifeguard Class Policies

General Lifeguard Class Policies:

  • Students will not be able to participate in the class if they do not bring a printed copy of the online course completion record to the FIRST day of class. No refunds will be issued.
  • Prerequisite Skills will be tested at the beginning of class. If a student does not pass the prerequisite skills, they will not be allowed to continue with the course and no refund will be issued. 
  • To successfully pass the course, students must successfully pass several skills scenarios and written exam. If a student needs to re-test a skill or re-take an exam, they will need to schedule an additional time to do so. Skill re-tests will be an additional $75 and exam re-tests will be an additional $25. 
  • If a student does not successfully pass the course, they will not receive a refund and will need to take the entire course again. 

Payment Policies for Lifeguard Classes:

  • BDA accepts payment by Visa, Mastercard and Discover.
  • Although the annual fee automatically posts when creating an account, BDA will delete the fee before sending an invoice.
  • BDA will email an invoice within 72 hours of registering for the class. 
  • BDA will initiate a credit card charge within 48 hours of sending the invoice. 
  • A receipt will be sent for all approved payments.

Declined Payment Policy:

  • If your card payment is declined, BDA will contact you immediately.
  • BDA will send a new invoice for the outstanding fees plus a $5 administrative fee since BDA incurs the processing fee and tracking time when the card declines regardless of the reason (ie. the card was compromised, lost, expired, etc.)
  • You have two (2) days to update your credit card information via the BDA Portal.  BDA will initiate a credit card charge immediately when the information is updated.
  • If the information is not updated and/or payment cannot be processed, the student will be removed from the class.

Cancellation Policies for Lifeguard Classes:

  • All requests to cancel your registration must be emailed to
  • If the cancellation request is received at least 15 days in advance of the first scheduled class date, the registration will be cancelled and a credit will be placed on your account to use at a later time. 
  • If the cancellation request is received 14 days or less in advance of the first scheduled class date, no credit or refund will be issued. The only exception will be if the class is full and BDA is able to move another student from the waitlist into your spot. In this situation, a credit equal to 75% of the class fee will be placed on your account to use at a later time. 
  • If you prefer a refund over a credit, please contact us. A $25 processing fee will be charged for all refunds issued for lifeguard classes.
  1. Create an account (register) your family and each lifeguard training candidate
    • The person creating the account must be a legal guardian of the student(s) registered or an adult student
    • Credit card information is entered during the registration process
    • Although the annual fee automatically posts to the account, this fee will be deleted before the invoice is emailed
    • You will be invoiced and charge according to the Lifeguard Certification class policy above.
  2. Enroll by following these directions:
    1. Click the Enroll link for the appropriate class in the box below.  If the class is full, click the Waitlist link to be added to the waitlist instead.
    2. Click the "Already a Customer?  Click here to Login" link and login to the BDA Portal
    3. Returning customers will see a "Policy Agreement Required" popup if BDA has updated policies that need to be agreed to again
    4. From the Class Details page, click the "Add to Cart" button
    5. Click the checkbox for each swimmer joining the class
    6. Read and agree to the Lifeguard Certification class policies
    7. Click "Add" again
    8. Click "Checkout Now" 
    9. Click "Accept Enrollment Fees and Continue"
    10. The class fee will be added to your account (see Payment Policies above)
    11. You will get a "Enrolled" confirmation pop-up
    12. If you are a returning customer, please make sure all of your account information is up to date, including credit card information and student email and cell number