Certifications & Training

We offer ARC Lifeguard training courses classes to people in our community. Individuals who complete the prerequisite swimming skills are permitted to sign up for the Lifeguard Training course. This is a Blended Learning class and will require online training on a computer or tablet. Bring proof of age, a bathing suit, and a towel. Must turn 15 years old before the last day.

Please contact Mary Desjardins, Assistant Aquatics Director for Certification Class information: aquatics@ccaymca.org | (856) 691-0030 ext. 112

Next Lifeguard Certification Course begins in March 2024. 

Those interested in the Lifeguarding Certification Course must successfuly complete the pre-screening. Take a look below under Lifeguard Pre-Screening for our next set of dates!

SAVING LIVES

Join us for our next set of Lifeguard Pre-Screen dates! This is perfect for those interested in taking the full Lifeguard certification course. Come one or as many dates as you need to prepare for the full course!

Click HERE for the full flyer, including swim skills and contact information

Thursday February 8 6:45 pm
Saturday February 10 8:15 am
Wednesday February 14 7:30 pm
Saturday February 17 12:15 pm
Monday February 19 1:45 pm
Thursday February 22 6:45 pm


Facility Members:
FREE

Program Members: $4.00/date

Community Members: $5.00/date   

Participants must successfully complete all pre-screening skills and be 15 years or older to register for Lifeguard Certification classes.

Prerequisite swimming skills needed to pass the pre-screening test for updated ARC Lifeguarding R.24 Course:

  1. Swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest: incudes jumping into water and totally submerging, swimming 150 yds, 2 minutes of treading only using legs, swimming an additional 50 yards; may use goggles; must be completed with either front crawl or breaststroke –swimming on back and side are not permitted.
  1. Timed Event: Swim 20 yards, Surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound brick and swim 20 yards holding brick with both hands and keeping face at or near the surface so able to get a breath, & exit water without using ladder or steps, without goggles (within 1 minute and 40 secs.).

Next American Red Cross Lifebard Certification Course begins March, 2024. Must be registered by Thursday, February 22nd.

Individuals who complete the prerequisite swimming skills are permitted to sign up for the Lifeguard Training course. This is a Blended Learning class and will require online training on a computer or tablet. Bring proof of age, a bathing suit, and a towel. Must turn 15 years old before the last day.

AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD COURSE – BLENDED LEARNING:

Upcoming Course Dates:

Monday January 15 4:30-9:00pm
Friday January 19 4:30-9:00pm
Monday January 22 4:30-9:00pm
Friday January 26 4:30-9:00pm
Saturday February 3 8:00am-12:00pm

100% Attendance required for ALL scheduled dates

  • Individuals who complete the prerequisite swimming skills are eligible to sign up for the Lifeguard
    Training course. This is a Blended Learning class and will require online training to be done on a computer
    or tablet and virtual class sessions on Zoom as well as in-person manikin and water rescue skills.
  • Successful performance of the Prescreening skills and be 15 years old.
  • Successful completion of assignments, written test, and water skills are required for certification.
    The course includes all the up-to-date course/materials for Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications.

Fee LG Cert class: Facility members: $200.00 Program/Community members: $250.00

  • Fee includes ARC LG manual, pocket mask and fanny pack and certification fee

Recertification for those with a current (not expired past 30 days) certification card in ARC Lifeguard, First Aid, & Pro CPR/AED training. Come in prepared to perform all the skills from the 2017 Lifeguarding Manual. Must complete one pre-screening session.

Please bring: bathing suit, towel, proof of certification, copy of the most recent 2017 Lifeguarding Manual (available for purchase), adult and pediatric resuscitation masks (available for purchase)

New Session information: please email aquatics@ccaymca.org if you are interested.
Class Fees: Information Coming Soon

Upgrade to Waterfront for those with a current (not expired) American Red Cross only certification card in Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED.
Includes 6 –8 hours in water and classroom
 
Please Bring: bathing suit, towel, proof of certification, copy of the most recent 2017 Lifeguarding Manual (available for purchase),
adult and pediatric resuscitation masks (available for purchase) 
 
Interested in our next offering? please email aquatics@ccaymca.org if you are interested.
Class Fees: Information Coming Soon

Waterfront Lifeguarding Swimming skills pre-screening test:

1. Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.

2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

3. 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 headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound 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 they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

4. Complete a submerge and retrieve exercise 

  • 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 to complete the skill sequence

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