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

May Class - Instructors Jonathan Torre and Stacey Davis

Preskills Test - Monday, April 28, 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 Sunday, May 4 - 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 -

Sunday, May 4 & 11 - 1pm to 6pm

Tuesday and Thursday - May 6, 8, 13 & 15 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

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
May 19 to 22, 2014  - Three Day Class

Registration for this class will close on Monday, May 12 to allow all participants time to register with the Red Cross and complete the on line session prior to Monday, May 19. Preskills Test: Monday, May 19 at 5:30pm. (Meet on the pool deck) Course Session will follow immediately after the Preskills testing.

Course Sessions:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, May 19, 20 & 22 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm

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

JCC Member: $100 - Guest $125 (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.

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
Ages 16-AdultWSI

March Class - Instructor Trainer - Jonathan Torre

Class Dates:
March 16, 23, 30, 2014 - 10am to 4pm
Monday and Wednesday:
March 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. 

JCC Member: $300 - Guest $375

Upon successful completion of required skills, students will be certified to teach a variety of classes for infants through adults. The class also includes the American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor (FIT) Training course. 


  • Participants must be 16 by the completion of the course. Please bring proof of age to first class.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

    • 25 yards each of Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breast Stroke, Elementary Backstroke, and Side Stroke.
    • 15 yards of Butterfly.

Maintain position on back in deep water and treading water for 1 minute each

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Lifeguard Instructor
Ages 17-Adult 
May Class - Instructor Trainers - Kathy Torre and Bob Haber

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

This course is for those who wish to train and certify others in Lifeguard Training and CPR/AED for Lifeguards. Will include training in AED, Emergency Oxygen, and Preventing Disease Transmission. Participants must be 17 by the completion of the course. Please bring proof of age to first class. You will need to bring a modest swim suit and towels.
Prerequisite - Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT)

Class Dates:
Tuesday - Friday, May 27 to 30, 2014 
10am to 5pm

Prerequisites for Instructor Candidates

  • Be at least 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course. 
  • Possess one of the following:

    • A current American Red Cross certification for Lifeguarding/First Aid and either and American Red Cross certification for CPR/AD for the professional Rescuer or an American Red Cross certification for CPR/AED for Lifeguards. 
    • An equivalent certification from another organization. 
  • Successfuly complete the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course, which consists of the following:

    • Orientation to the American Red Cross
    • Orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course and Precourse Exam
  • Successfully complete the Precourse Session. 
  • Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor's Manual after you have successfully completed the Precourse Session. 

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