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Watching Over the Water: Lifeguards Earn Certification at Area Pools

Jan 27, 2022 02:36PM ● By ANN MARIE O’PHELAN

Lifeguard training courses provide the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies at pools, waterparks, and nonsurf beaches. 

“The American Red Cross offers a lifeguarding program, as well as first aid and CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) training. Participants learn how to recognize and respond to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies, including performing CPR,” says regional communications director Siara Campbell. The Red Cross has been conducting classes throughout the country for more than 100 years. Locally, the organization provides training at Florida Gulf Coast University. For other locations, and to find out more, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. 

Lee County Parks and Recreation offers aquatic training courses, including the StarGuard lifeguard certification course. “This course is taught at multiple pools during the spring to train lifeguards for the summer,” says aquatic supervisor Paul Rapp. For information, contact one of the community pools at  

The Fort Myers Beach Community Pool also offers Red Cross certification courses, as do the Bonita Springs YMCA and Greater Naples YMCA


Ann Marie O’Phelan is a Southwest Florida resident and regular contributor to TOTI Media.



Bonita Springs YMCA 

27220 Kent Road, Bonita Springs 



FGCU Aquatics Center 

10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers 

Fort Myers Beach Community Pool 

2600 Oak Street, Fort Myers Beach 
239-765-0202, ext. 1851; 

Greater Naples YMCA 

5450 YMCA Road, Naples