The USLA Lifeguard Agency Certification Program was developed to certify the standards and training programs of open water (beach) lifeguard providers. Unlike other lifeguard training systems, this program allows the lifeguard employer to conduct in-house training of lifeguards, using its own trainers. USLA does not conduct the training, but simply requires that it be conducted in a manner consistent with USLA standards.
This system is used by some of the most respected lifeguard agencies in the US. It is highly recommended for beach lifeguard agencies which prefer to conduct their own lifeguard training and to tailor it to local conditions, while demonstrating that they meet national standards. The cost is $300 for a three year certification period, regardless of the number of lifeguards trained.
under this system, a beach lifeguard provider should first review the USLA
Guidelines for Open Water Lifeguard Agency Certification and ensure compliance
with all required elements. The next step is to purchase a Certification Application and then complete the application.
If you have questions about certification that are not answered by these
documents, you may contact the Chair of the USLA Certification
Committee. If you are
having difficulty filing the application, are unsure if it has been received or
need an invoice, you may contact the USLA Certification Program Administrator.
Download the USLA Guidelines for Open Water Lifeguard Agency Certification
Click here to begin the Online Certification Application Process (used for both new applications and recertification applications)
The lifeguard provider should also acquire a copy of our training and reference text, Open Water Lifesaving - The United States Lifesaving Association Manualto be issued to students in a certified course.