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Lifeguard Training Classes

Prepare yourself for a great job!

  • Water Rescue skills!
  • CPR/AED and First Aid skills!
  • Response to Aquatic Emergencies!
American Red Cross
Full Lifeguard Training Classes


Must be 15 years old by the last scheduled day of the class and be able to pass a swimming pre-test, consisting of:

  • Swim 300 yards using a combination of freestyle (with side breathing and a strong kick) and breaststroke with correct coordination and good power.
  • Tread water for two minutes, legs only.
  • Swim 20 yards freestyle or breaststroke, dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object and return it to the surface, swim back to the starting point supporting that object with both hands while face remains above surface, set the object on the deck, get out of the water without using stairs or ladders within a given time limit of 1:40.

Cost:  $225

2016 Lifeguard Training Class Dates: Plan ahead! Choose from one of our 5 Lifeguard Training Courses in 2016.

Class 1: January 21—February 18. T/Th 5:00–8:00pm
Class 2: March 28—April 1. Mon-Friday 9:00am–5:00pm
Class 3: April 18—April 30. M/W 5:30–8:30pm & Saturdays April 23 & 30 9:00am–4:00pm (Mandatory Pre-Test Wednesday, April 13, 5:30–8:30pm.)
Class 4: June 20—30. Mon-Thurs 9:00am–12:30pm
Class 5: September 9—18. Fridays 5:30–8:30pm. Saturday and Sundays 10:00am–3:00pm. (Mandatory Pre-Test Wednesday, September 7, 5:30–8:30pm.)

Register at the pool.

Questions? Email pool@mills.edu.

American Red Cross
Junior Lifeguard Training Classes


Must be between 11-14 years of age and be able to pass a swimming pre-test, consisting of:

  • Swim front crawl for 25 yards with regular breathing to side or front
  • Swim breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence
  • Tread water for one minute using arms and legs
  • Show a level of comfort on the back by back floating for 30 seconds or swimming 25 yards using the back crawl or the elementary backstroke
  • Swim 10 feet underwater

Cost:  $200


July 6–July 16, 9:00 am–12:30 pm, Mon-Thurs

To register, print out the Junior Lifeguard Training Course Registration Form and mail it in with the course fee.

Email pool@mills.edu for registration information.

American Red Cross
Lifeguard Training Review Course

Get re-certified in Water Rescue skills and CPR/AED and First Aid skills. This is a 12-hour review course. 




  • Must have current Lifeguard Training certification or have held certification that has expired within the last year.
  • Must provide your own rescue mask and whistle  (available for purchase for $12).

Cost: $125, includes American Red Cross fees.

To register, print out the Lifeguard Training Review Course Registration Form and mail it in with the course fee. There is a class limit of 12 students.

Registration: Enrollment is limited. Email pool@mills.edu for registration information.

American Red Cross
Basic Water Rescue

This course four-hour course is designed to meet the water safety training required for adoptive and foster parents.


Requirements: There is no swimming prerequisite for this course. Students should be comfortable in chest deep water for the in-water session which focuses on basic rescue skills and assists.

Cost: $50

To register, print out a Registration Form (link is below) and mail it in with the course fee. There is a class limit of 15 students.

Basic Water Rescue Course Registration Form (21k, pdf)

Mail registration forms to: Trefethen Aquatic Center, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA 94613

For more information contact: Email pool@mills.edu for registration information.

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Contact Information

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P: 510.430.2170
E: pool@mills.edu 

Last Updated: 12/23/15