American Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes

PLEASE READ COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND PRE-COURSE REQUIREMENT SWIMMING TEST


 
Anyone taking any lifeguarding course MUST successfully complete the pre-course requirement Swimming Test. 
Registration fee includes a $25 pre-course requirement swimming test fee*, which is non-refundable
 
Pre-course Requirements:
  • Must be 15 years old by the completion of course. Proof of age may be requested.
  • Swim 300 yards (12 lengths) continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing using front crawl or breaststroke. Goggles allowed.
  • Tread water for two (2) minutes using only the legs (hands under arm pits)
  • Complete within 1 minute, 40 seconds: From shallow end of pool, swim 20 yards, surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object from the deep end of pool, return to starting point holding brick with both hands while keeping face out of water, and exit water without using ladder or steps. Goggles NOT allowed. 
  • Click link below to view pre-course requirements: 

Waterfront pre-course requirements are the same as above with the following additions.
  • Swim an additional 250 yards (10 lengths) for a total of 550 yards (22 lengths)
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three diving rings placed five yards apart in four to seven feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course (with Optional Waterfront Module)

(See Waterfront description below)

Red Cross Lifeguarding course trains individuals to become a certified Red Cross 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.
 
Class materials, pocket masks, whistle, and hip pack are included. Participants will be required to download the free participants manual. Participants MUST attend all classes and MUST successfully pass written and skills test to receive certification.
 
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 class sessions. Once you complete the pre-course requirements you will be given information for accessing the online sessions. 

Upon successful completion of this course (including written and rescue skills testing), you will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPRO/AED/First Aid certificate which is valid for 2 years.

Pre-registration required, as space is limited and a minimum number is required to run the class.
Please call the Parks and Recreation office at 587-1040 if you have further questions.


American Red Cross Waterfront Module Course
Waterfront Course is only available for those who already hold a current lifeguard certificate.

Red Cross Waterfront Module
is designed to train pool lifeguards in working non-surf beaches. You will be trained in using mask & fins, searching shallow & deep water areas, and using a rescue board. Training will occur in both pool and waterfront. Upon successful completion of this course (including written and rescue skills testing), you will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Waterfront Training certificate.

Pre-registration required, as space is limited and a minimum number is required to run this class.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Recertification Course
On January 3, 2017, the American Red Cross has added and/or changed some of the skill requirements and class information. Due to these changes, there will not be a re-certification course offered. To get certified to the new standards, you must take the full course. 

Lifeguarding Dates


Sunday, April 30: Pre-course Requirement Swimming Test* 2:30 - 4:00 pm 
Sundays, May 7, 14, 21:  11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday May 11:  5:30 - 9 pm (CPRO/AED)


Location


Aquatic & Family Center at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062

Fee


 Lifeguarding Only $290 / $300 / $310 (includes all materials)
 Lifeguarding with Waterfront $315 / $325 / $335 (participant needs to provide their own mask and fins)
Fees listed in the order of AFC Member / Resident / Non-Resident
   *$25 of these fees is a non-refundable pre-course requirement swimming testing fee.

Waterfront Dates
Sunday, April 30:  Pre-course Requirement Swimming Test* & proof of LG certification.
Saturday, May 20: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Locations


Aquatic & Family Center at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062
Musante Beach: Reservoir Road, Leeds, MA 01053

   Fee: $60 / $70 / $80 (participant needs to provide their own mask and fins)
*$25 of these fees is a non-refundable pre-course requirement swimming testing fee.
Fees listed in the order of AFC Member / Resident / Non-Resident

Click here to download flyer with registration form