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What does the course look like?

What is the benefit of passing this course?

Certificate by the American Red Cross

First aid knowledge

Permission to work as a lifeguard in the USA

An opportunity to get a certificate of a Czech lifeguard


The lifeguarding course for the Czech-us program is comprised of the pre-course, American lifeguarding course, Pool Operator course and the Czech lifeguarding course (this one is not mandatory and is for free).


The pre-course is mandatory for everyone, who is taking part in this program for the first time. It is comprised of:

  • Pool lifeguard: 300-meter swim (100-meter freestyle swim, 100-meter breaststroke swim, 100-meter freestyle or breaststroke swim) with no time limit
  • Beach lifeguard: 500-meter freestyle swim under 10 minutes (or another time limit set by the employer)
  • Swimming 20-25 meters, fishing out a 5-kg object from a minimum of 2,5-meter depth, then backstroking back with the object without using hands
  • Tread the water for 2 minutes without using your hands
  • A short interview in English


The pre-course will take about 2 hours. We will objectively evaluate your swimming and English level. Afterwards, we will recommend you a suitable work position and employer.

Participation in the pre-course is non-binding and free of charge.

The pre-course takes place in Prague and Brno.  You will be able to check the available dates in your Czech-us account.

American lifeguarding course

During the lifeguarding training you will gain knowledge about lifeguarding and American rescue system. You will learn First Aid and CPR, including manipulation with the AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

Lessons in the pool (11 hours) consist of practicing a safe entry into the water and saving a drowning person from either deep or shallow water, including the situation with suspected head, neck, or spinal injuries.

The course is ended with practical First Aid and water rescue exams, also with a written English exam from theoretical skills. Using a dictionary during the exam is allowed.

We lay emphasis on personal approach because every student has a different physical and language level. Every participant will get a sweatshirt, T-shirt, resuscitation mask, Lifeguard Skill Sheets, vinyl gloves and a whistle.

After successfully passing the course you will obtain a certificate by the American Red Cross – Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, which will be sent electronically to your e-mail address. The certificate is valid for 2 years. However, our co-operating employers require a yearly review of the CPR/AED course.

The course takes place in Prague. You will be able to check the available dates in your Czech-us account.

Pool Operator course

This course is designated for all the pool lifeguards. We will show you how the pool and its filtration system works, the flow rate formula of the water, and theoretical and practical aspects of the pool chemistry.

This online course is mandatory and free of charge. After completing it, you won’t get any certificate until you are in the USA. There your employer will give you a Pool Operator license (usually after passing a test and paying a fee if the employer requires it).

Czech lifeguarding course

The Czech lifeguarding course is 12 hours long, it is focused on improving your swimming and techniques of saving a drowning person, as well as on the Czech water rescue system. The practical part consists of showing your newly learned techniques and completing a 400-meter swim in the time limit of 8,30 minutes, 25-meter underwater swim and a 200-meter swim with a drowning person.

The pre-requisite for the Czech lifeguarding course is a 25-hour supervised practice which you will acuquire during your stay in the USA. This course is free of charge for those who passed the American lifeguarding course. We are the only ones in the Czech Republic with this special offer.

After successfully passing this course, you will obtain a Lifeguard Retraining Certificate. It allows you to work as a lifeguard in the Czech Republic. This certificate is valid for two years.

Learn more about the Czech lifeguarding course here: Czech lifeguarding course.

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Any questions?

Contact program coordinator:

Lenka Janotová

Lenka Janotová

Work and Travel USA - plavčík

+420 776 522 726


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