Open Access Graduate Research Paper
To become a certified lifeguard, generally there are three test. These eligibility tests required for lifeguarding enrollment into lifeguarding courses include: (a) a swimming assessment where the participant must continuously swim a certain distance, (b) a timed treading water, and (c) an object retrieval from a specified depth of the pool. The instructor of the lifeguarding class then determines if the participant adequately demonstrated the skills to continue in the class. Once participants successfully demonstrate each skill, they are then tested on their in and out of water skill competencies. Finally, lifeguard certification includes written knowledge tests at the end of the class, including a final in-water scenarios that participants must successfully complete in order to become a lifeguard.
The purpose of this study was to review the current lifeguard training literature including the trends published by professionals in this field. This study examined the inservice training logs at two Midwestern universities to assess if their requirements were adequate for lifeguard fitness readiness. Recommendations for appropriate cardio and strength training to maintain lifeguard fitness readiness between certification cycles are explained.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services
Division of Leisure, Youth, and Human Services
Kathleen Scholl, Chair
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©2015 Jacob Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Jacob, "Lifeguard fitness readiness: Certification vs. qualification" (2015). Graduate Research Papers. 85.