The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant's ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations.
Our website for the full lifeguarding course can be found by clicking here. It has information about what information is covered and what swim tests/prerequisites are completed at the beginning of the course (the prerequisites are the same for the review course).
In the spring of 2012 the American Red Cross eliminated the option to challenge. Their reasoning states :
Skills degrade. Review, instruction and practice on knowledge points, surveillance and recognition, lifeguarding, emergency action plans and the change to review and practice skills are important for certification and recertification of lifeguards.
The Lifeguarding Review course is designed for individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate to recertify every 2 years. You MUST bring proof of your current certification with you to the first day of class.
The American Red Cross does not have a crossover course for basic-level lifeguards certified/licensed in lifeguard training by another training agency. If you are certified by another agency and wish to become lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross, you will need to take the full lifeguard training course.
The American Red Cross now makes it possible for you to look up your certification online for free by visiting www.redcross.org/getcerticate. You will need to know the date you took the course. If you took it with us but do not know the exact date, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look it up for you. Please note that the American Red Cross will not pull up expired certifications; only current ones.