Here in Western Washington, we have more lakes and beaches than pools. Why not take your certification to the next level by adding the Waterfront Lifeguard Certification to your experience?


Course Description

The Waterfront Lifeguard Certification module is available to all currently certified American Red Cross Lifeguard. Successful completion of this module certifies you to guard most non-surf waterfronts such as lakes and other swimming areas.

  • Participants must be at least 15 years of age and hold a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate.
  • Students must attend the Waterfront pre-course session for their swim test in order to participate.
  • See below for options to complete the pre-course prior to enrolling for the course. Note our course Refund and Reschedule options below.
  • We strongly encourage you to review the online coursework prior to the class session. (linked at right)
  • This Course module is Intensive and requires sustained energy for several hours in open water.
  • Wetsuits are recommended based on weather conditions and those can be rented from Seattle Scuba.
  • Students must attend the full sessions and actively participate in all skills practice.
  • Students must successfully complete final skills and written testing at the end of the session in order to gain Certification.
  • Certification is not guaranteed. Success is based on each student's Performance.         
  • Prepare | Participate | Perform

Pre-course skill requirements

  • Swim 550 yards continuously using crawl stroke or breaststroke, demonstrating rythmic breathing. (Must swim with your face in the water)
  • 2 minutes of treading water without using your hands. (Your head must stay above water)
  • Timed 10# brick retrieval in 8 feet of water. (20 yard swim, dive to retrieve object, swim 20 yards back - on your back - without your hands)
  • Swim 10 yards underwater to collect 3 submerged objects before returning to the surface.
  • More detailed pre-course information can be found in Lifeguard FAQs.

Would you like to "Try-out" for Waterfront Lifeguarding?

  • We strongly encourage you to attempt the pre-course skills before enrolling in the course.
  • With a fee of $29, you may "try-out" before enrolling in the Waterfront Lifeguard Module.
  • Pre-course Sessions are scheduled regularly to provide this opportunity. 
  • When you successfully complete the skills, your fee can be applied toward the Lifeguarding Course cost.
  • If you are unsuccessful with the skills, we will give you the information you need to improve and re-attempt at another time.
  • Verification of skills is good for 30 days prior to the course.


Learn more about Try-outs


Course Refund and Reschedule Options:

Full refund if you cancel more than 14 days in advance

75% refund if you cancel less than 14 days in advance

$25 fee to Reschedule within 7 days of the course. No refunds available.


Sign up for a Waterfront Session


To register for a scheduled class, use the self-registration button above. If you prefer, you may call or email us at (206) 285-9279 or <>



Upcoming Course Dates


Friday, June 14th


Friday, July 12th


Friday, August 23rd



Safety Certifications Offered


Lifeguard Review (Renew Certificate)

First-Aid, CPR/AED

Lifeguard Instructor

Basic Water Rescue

Small Craft Safety


Course Cost

Our cost for the Full Lifeguard Certification PLUS Waterfront is $329.

Currently Certified guards may attend only the Waterfront skills session for $97.




Why Safe N Sound Training

We present the curriculum in an easy-to-understand way that keeps participants engaged throughout the course. Our focus on the individual keeps us aware of each participant’s progress and understanding of the content. Our goal is for all participants to successfully complete the course with confidence, ready to save lives.

We can provide training sessions for your group, by request. We also offer CPR/AED & First-Aid for the workplace! Train your staff Today.

We are centrally located in Seattle, north of Downtown between several popular neighborhoods. Our location has excellent public transit options and the area is bicycle friendly as well. Parking is available and our Lake Union location can’t be beat!