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To achieve certification and to remain certified, applying agencies must have policies in place that address specified USLA requirements. The following is example language that agencies may follow and that address USLA requirements.

Lifeguard Agency Certification Program

Health & Fitness: Prior to assignment, each lifeguard must demonstrate that the lifeguard possesses adequate vision, hearing acuity, physical ability, and stamina to perform the duties of an open water lifeguard. [This must be validated by a medical doctor, or the doctor’s designated physician’s assistant or ARNP (advanced registered Nurse Practitioner). The policy statement should include details on how this medical review will be conducted.]

Swimming Ability: All lifeguards must demonstrate and maintain the ability to swim 500 meters (550 yards), without equipment that enhances buoyancy or propulsion, over a measured course in ten minutes or less. Testing will take place [describe frequency, location, etc.]

Medical Aid Certification: All lifeguards shall be currently certified as having successfully completed [state the specific name of the medical aid course and name the certifying authority]. [For agencies whose certified course is less than 21 hours, the remaining curriculum and manner of instruction should be included in the policy.]

CPR Certification: All lifeguards shall be currently certified as having successfully completed [state the specific name of the CPR course and name the certifying authority]. [The course must include one-person adult, two person adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including obstructed airway training, AED, BVM, and use of barrier devices, accepted by the Federal Government or by the state government in the state of employment (basic life support for healthcare providers).]

Aquatic Rescue Response Team

Health & Fitness: Prior to assignment, each team member must demonstrate that the lifeguard possesses adequate vision, hearing acuity, physical ability, and stamina to perform the duties of an open water rescuer. [This must be validated by a medical doctor, or the doctor’s designated physician’s assistant or ARNP (advanced registered Nurse Practitioner). The policy statement should include details on how this medical review will be conducted.]

Swimming Ability
: All team members must demonstrate and maintain the ability to swim 500 meters (550 yards), without equipment that enhances buoyancy or propulsion, over a measured course in ten minutes or less. Testing will take place [describe frequency, location, etc.]

Medical Aid Certification: All team members shall be currently certified as having successfully completed [state the specific name of the medical aid course]. [For agencies whose course is less than 21 hours, the remaining curriculum and manner of instruction should be included in the policy.]

CPR Certification: All team members shall be currently certified as having successfully completed [state the specific name of the CPR course]. [The course must include one-person adult, two person adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including obstructed airway training, AED, BVM, and use of barrier devices, accepted by the Federal Government or by the state government in the state of employment (basic life support for healthcare providers).]

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