American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class

Lifeguarding/Waterfront Classes are generally offered during the Spring months.

Friday, April 15: Swimming Pretest* 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21  9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Aquatic & Family Center at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd., Florence, MA

$295 AFC member, $305 non-member resident, $315 non-resident. This fee includes all materials with the exception of waterfront module mask and fins.
$25 of this fee is a non-refundable swim testing fee.

Waterfront only module available to those who currently hold a lifeguarding certificate.
Saturday May 21, 2016 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Pre-course Requirements: Candidates need to pass ALL of the following requirements
  • Must be 15 years old by the completion of the course.
  • Ability to swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl stroke or breaststroke. (Waterfront candidate swim 550 yards)
  • Tread water for two (2) minutes using only your legs (no hands)
  • Complete in 1 minute, 40 seconds. From shallow end of pool, swim 20 yards to retrieve a 10 pound diving brick from the bottom of the deep end and return with brick to the shallow end of pool holding on to brick with both hands. 
  • (Waterfront candidates must also retrieve three dive rings in 4 to 7 feet of water).
Click the Pre-Course Requirement Video links to see a more detailed explanation of in water requirements.

In this course you will learn about the duties & responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. You will also learn how to use surveillance techniques, rescue equipment, and how to manage a suspected spinal injury victim. This class also includes waterfront module for lifeguarding at non-surf beaches. 

This is a blended learning class. There is approximately ten hours of online learning for you to do on your own, followed by the in person sessions. Once you complete the pre-course requirements you will be given information for the online sessions. Upon successful completion of this course (including written and rescue skills testing), you will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate. You will also receive CPR for the Professional Rescuer & First Aid. Attendance at all classes in the session is mandatory.