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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Cross

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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Cross

We are offering our American Red Cross Certification Course FREE* to the community!

TRAIN TO BE A CERTIFIED LIFEGUARD FOR THE SHAMES JCC ON THE HUDSON!

Ages 15+. This course is FREE*

We are offering our American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course for FREE for people interested in working at the Shames JCC upon course completion. This job is perfect for high school students, college students, part-time workers who enjoy flexibility and a work/life balance, and even retirees! If you love to swim, community, and want to work in a welcoming and exciting atmosphere, this is the perfect opportunity! These courses typically cost $400+ so be sure to reserve your spot today.

The course will take place at the Shames JCC on the Hudson at 371 S Broadway in Tarrytown. All days/times must be attended.

Friday, Oct. 22nd 4 – 6pm
Saturday, Oct. 23rd 9am – 5pm
Sunday, Oct. 24th 9am – 3pm
Saturday, Oct. 30th 9am – 5pm

*All participants will pay the upfront, generously discounted course fee of $100. Participants who begin employment upon completion of the course will be credited $100 in their first paycheck. All employees of the JCC are required to be vaccinated from Covid-19.

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Class Overview

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Prerequisites: 

  • Complete all Blended Learning before day one.
  • Candidates must:
  • Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Swim 300 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 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. 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • To successfully complete the Lifeguarding course, candidates must:
  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  • Pass the final skills scenarios.
  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80% on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the participant has passed the practical assessment.

For questions, please reach out to Eric Hammermeister at [email protected].

Eric Hammermeister

Senior Director of Aquatics

(914) 366-7898 x1140

Eric is a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran with over 15 years as an aquatics professional.  He is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, American Heart Association Instructor, and United States…

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