Red Cross Waterfront Module


Anyone taking any American Red Cross Lifeguarding course MUST successfully complete the pre-course requirements. 

Pre-course Requirements:

  • Must possess a current Lifeguarding Certification.
  • Ability to pass swim 550 yards (22 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 arms)
  • 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. YOU NEED TO OPEN YOUR EYES UNDERWATER (Contact lens wearers be aware of this)
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards. Goggles NOT allowed.

Red Cross Waterfront Module
The waterfront module, which is ONLY VALID with a current Lifeguarding Certificate, 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 which expires the same date as your Lifeguarding certificate.

Waterfront Module

             Saturday July 31      10:00 am - 10:45 am (Pool) Pre-swimming Test
             Saturday July 31        11:00 am - 1:30 pm (Pool)
             Saturday July 31         2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Musante Beach)

POOL: Aquatic & Family Center at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062
(Enter through back of the building, rear glass doors across from the tennis courts)

BEACH: David B. Musante Beach: 85 Reservoir Road, Leeds, MA 01053

Fees: (includes $25 non-refundable pre-course swimming test)
                                       Waterfront Only: Northampton Residents $185 (Non Residents add $10.00)
                                                     (participant needs to provide mask & fins)

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

Click Here to Register for an Aquatics Class

Click Here for Lifeguarding Manual

You will receive a class syllabus when you register.

Call the Parks & Recreation Office, 413-587-1040, if you have any questions.