Shallow Water Attendant



The purpose of the American Red Cross Shallow Water Attendant course is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 4 feet deep. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries in shallow water. All of the water skills presume that the attendant can stand in water and breathe and the he or she shows comfort in the water.

Note: The course is NOT intended for the shallow part of an area or attraction that also has deeper water. For example, it is not intended for a person to be able to supervise a waterfront facility that ranges from shallow to deep water.


Course Length:  30 hours, 30 minutes


Prerequisites 50 yard swim (front crawl & breaststroke)
  20 yard swim & brick retrieval from 4 ft water, walk back (timed)
  Age 15
Certification Shallow Water Attendant/First Aid 3 years
Validity  CPR & AED 2 years
Water Skills All New 15 Skills
First Aid Skills Secondary Assessment
  Applying an Anatomic Splint
  Applying a Soft Splint
  Using a Backboard for a Standing Victim on Land
Additional Training Administering Emergency Oxygen
  Airway Management
  Bloodborne Pathogens
  Epinephrine Auto Injector
  Assisting with Inhaler


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Last updated:
March 23, 2007