Get certified and become an American Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Jr. Lifeguarding, and more.

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Lifeguard Training Course

Ages 15+
Become a lifeguard and learn the skills you need to work in water safety as a lifeguard this summer. This course combines online training with on-site skill sessions. Course completion provides a 2-year American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguard Training/First Aid/CPR/AED.

December Course Dates:
Sunday Dec 17, 2-3:30 pm (Pre-Test)
Tuesday Dec 26, 10a-3pm
Wednesday Dec 27, 10am-3pm
Thursday Dec 28, 10am-3pm
Friday Dec 29, 10am-3pm

February/March Course Dates:
Tuesday Feb 20, 7-8:30 pm (Pre-Test)
Sunday Feb 25, 2-7pm 
Sunday March 3, 2-7pm
Sunday March 10, 2-7pm
Sunday March 17, 2-7pm

$10 Pre-Test
Full Course $370 Members, $440 Public

Please register for the Pre-Test first. Registration for the full course opens upon passing the Pre-test.

See FAQs below for Lifeguard Training Course Prerequisites

Lifeguard Review Course

An abbreviated Lifeguarding course that briefly reviews course information and allows the practice of skills and knowledge before testing. Current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is required to participate in the review course. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for 2 years. Participants must have their own CPR pocket mask.

Thursday December 28, 11am-7pm
Sunday January 14, 11am-7pm
Sunday March 24, 11am-7pm
Thursday April 25, 11am-7pm
Sunday May 19 11am-7pm
Sunday June 9, 11am-7pm

Cost: $135 member, $160 public

Lifeguard Instructor Training Course

The purpose of this American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Course is to train current lifeguards to be Certified Lifeguard instructors. Candidate must successfully complete the online portion of the Lifeguard Instructor course prior to the in-person skill session. Candidate must possess a valid certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, be at least 17 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course and successfully complete the online portion of the Lifeguarding Instructor course prior to the in-person skill session.


Tuesday December 26, 8am-4pm
Wednesday December 27, 8am-4pm
Thursday December 28, 8am-4pm

Cost: $400 member, $450 public

Lifeguard Instructor Review Course

This course is for those who want to be re-certified as a Lifeguard Instructor. Candidates must possess a current certification as a Lifeguard Instructor/FIRST AID/CPR/AED in order to register. Candidate must successfully complete the online portion of the Lifeguard Instructor course prior to the in-person skill session. Participants must bring their own whistle, CPR pocket mask and hip pack to the in-person skills session.

Date: Tuesday December 26, 8am-4pm
Cost: $175 members, $190 public

Water Safety Instructor Course

Ages 16+
Become an American Red Cross Swimming Instructor. The purpose of the WSI course is to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to teach swim lessons for infants through adults. Candidates must attend all sessions, successfully complete all skills and practice teaching assignments and attain a minimum grade of 80% on the written exam to pass the class. Upon completion participants will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Water Safety Instructor valid for 2 years. This is a Blended Learning course combining online training with in-person skill sessions.

Course Dates:
Sunday January 28, 2-4pm Pre-test
Sunday February 4, 12-7pm
Sunday February 11, 12-7pm
Sunday February 25, 12-7pm
Sunday March 3, 12-7pm
Sunday March 10, 12-7pm

Cost: $399 members, $499 public

See FAQs below for WSI Prerequisites

Rowing Swim Assessment

All rowing programs require participants to pass a swim test in order to participate in their programs. Swim tests can be scheduled at the JCC on the Palisades. Rowers should bring items required as per their swim test assessment form and the form itself. Admin fee for test applies. Please contact the Aquatics Department by email to schedule an appointment for the swim test.

Junior Lifeguard Program

This program will help your child, ages 11-14, build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills to become a future lifeguard. Participants will receive instruction in prevention, fitness, response, leadership, professionalism, and swimming skill development. Program will include an introduction to first aid, CPR and AED knowledge and skills. This is not a certification course to be a trained lifeguard. Participants will have to pass a pre-test in order to participate in the program.

December 26-December 29, 9 am-1 pm

$250 if you register by December 1
$275 after December 1

See FAQS below for Junior Lifeguard Program Prerequisites

Certified Pool Operator® Course

Taught by Mahesh Patel, certified NSPF® CPO® instructor. 

This course provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. Course completion provides a five-year CPO® certification. 

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Pass the written exam administered at the end of the course
  • Book and certification are included in the course cost 

Dates: TBD
Cost: $325 members / $375 public


Prerequisites for Water Safety Instructor

Participants must be 16 years old by the end of training (proof of age will be required).

In addition, participants must demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

  1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4:
    – Front Crawl – 25 yards
    – Back Crawl – 25 yards
    – Breaststroke – 25 yards
    – Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards
    – Sidestroke – 25 yards
    – Butterfly – 15 yards
  2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep
    water (floating or sculling)
  3. Tread water for 1 minute

Prerequisites for Lifeguard Training Course

How it Works:

  • Approximately 7 hours online course each student can do at their own convenience before classroom & In-person sessions.
  • Masks will be worn on the pool deck, and social distancing will be enforced when possible.

Please note:

To successfully pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course, participants must pass the pre-test, demonstrate all required skills and pass the final exams with a score of 80% or higher.
There is a $100 nonrefundable administrative fee if you withdraw or do not pass the course.

Pre-test Requirements 

  1. Swim 300 meter continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
    -100 meters of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick.
    -100 meters of breaststroke.
    -100 meters of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke. These 200 yards may be a mixture of front crawl and breaststroke.
  2. Timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet and retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface. Exit the water without using the ladder or steps.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only

Prerequisites for Junior Lifeguard Program

Before entering Junior Lifeguarding, participants must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Swim the front crawl for 25 meters continuously while breathing to the front or side
  • Swim the breaststroke for 25 meters using a pull, breathe, kick, and glide sequence
  • Complete the Water Competency Sequence

Water Competency Sequence:

  • Complete the water competency sequence without stopping
    1. Step into the water from the side and totally submerge
    2. Maintain position for one minute by treading water or floating (or a combination of the two)
    3. Rotate one full turn and orient to the exit
    4. Level off and swim on the front or back 25 years
    5. Exit without using a ladder or steps
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