Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Review Classes


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JCC MetroWest is an authorized provider of American Red Cross Aquatic, Health and Safety Classes and the leading agency in northern New Jersey in training American Red Cross aquatic professionals. We are authorized through the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey.

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So much more than a summer job

If you're 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or challenging career that's in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program is for you.

Here's your chance to sharpen your leadership skills and show the world what you can do.

EXPERIENCE:  Build leadership, teaching and communication skills that will help you in school and your future career.

REWARDS: Make money, have fun and work with your friends. Plus, it's a great way to stay in shape.

RESPECT: Impress your peers, college admissions officers and future employers with skills that can make a meaningful difference in the world.

LIFESAVING: Be a hero by helping keep people save in, on and around the water. Learn lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR.

And the best part is Red Cross certifications are recognized nationwide - so you can find a job as a lifeguard anywhere in the country! This is a great summer job for anyone 15+ who likes swimming, saving lives and making money in a respected leadership position.



New - Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Class
Ages 15 to Adult
CPR/AED for Lifeguards and First Aid Included

August Class - Instructor - Amira Abdul Zahir
Preskills Test - Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:30pm (please meet on the pool deck). Registration is required. Once you pass the preskills we will email you a deep link so you can register for the online portion of the course. At this time you will need to use a credit card and pay a $35 nonrefundable registration fee to the Red Cross and we will process the balance of your payment to the JCC as follows:

JCC Member $275 • Guest $350 (does not include the $35 registration fee that is paid to the American Red Cross.)

Blended learning combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please plan to complete the initial online lessons of your training at least two days prior to your first on-site skills session which is scheduled for Monday, August 11, 2014 - 1pm to 6pm.

In order to complete the online portion of the course you MUST register with the American Red Cross after you pass the preskills session  

Class Sessions -

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - August 11, 12, 14, 18 & 21- 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Sunday, August 17 - 1pm to 6pm

JCC Member $275 • Guest $350 (does not include the $35 registration fee that is paid to the American Red Cross.)


  • Must be 15 yrs old by the last scheduled date of the course.

Pre-skills (for both full and review classes):

  • Continuously swim 300 yds. demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breast stroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so the are able to get a breath. Candidates can not swim the distance underwater. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Completion of all on line materials prior to each class and attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Certification: American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguard Training/First Aid/CPR/AED: valid for 2 years.

NEW - Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Review
Januray 5, 6 & 8, 2015  - Three Day Class

Registration for this class will close on Friday, January 2 to allow all participants time to register with the Red Cross and complete the on line session prior to Monday, Jan 5. Preskills Test: Monday, January 5 at 5:30pm. (Meet on the pool deck) Course Session will follow immediately after the Preskills testing.

Course Sessions:
Monday,Tuesday, & Wednesday, January 5, 6 & 7 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Must bring completed on line progress report, current certifications, and pocket mask to the first class.

JCC Member: $120 - Guest $145 (does not include the $27 registration fee that is paid to the American Red Cross.)

All Lifeguard Training Participants will need to bring a modest swim suit and towels.  Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Please bring water bottles, snacks and lunch if appropriate for your class schedule.

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