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Basic Water Safety Certification


5 Hour Course 


The American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue course provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to many types of aquatic emergencies. This course also prepares individuals for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves while assisting others. This certification is valid for 3 years.


There are no prerequisites to be eligible for the Basic Water Rescue course. However, because there is an in-water skills session, it is recommended that participants are comfortable in chest- deep water. The Basic Water Rescue course does not provide participants with all the knowledge and skills needed to be certified as a lifeguard.

Basic Water Rescue

Targeted Audience

  • Public Safety Personnel such as police officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Parents or caregivers of children
  • Camp personnel and trip leaders
  • Daycare workers
  • Teachers
  • Clubs/Organizations engaging in water activities
  • Individuals who work on or around the water

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Certification Requirements
Course Objectives
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