American Red Cross Aquatic Training Academy
At the J, we are committed to providing lifeguards in the community with American Red Cross certifications for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR and water skills training. Our goal is to ensure these classes provide participants with the knowledge to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Our classes are open to the community and offered several times a year.
Participants must be 15 by the last day of the lifeguarding course. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will become certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, valid for 2 years. Participants must be able to pass per-requisites that includes: 300 yard continuous swim, a timed deep water brick retrieval and 2 minutes of no hands treading. Participants will receive a manual and pocket mask on the first day of class.
The Lifeguarding Review Course allows currently certified lifeguards the opportunity to review the content of the Lifeguard course in a classroom setting in about half the time of a full lifeguarding course. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding review course will receive new certificates in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional rescuer. Must pass prerequisite skills evaluation and hold a current certification in Lifeguarding/CPR/AED/First Aid or it must have expired within 30 days of the course.
Trains lifeguarding instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended Learning, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Bloodborne Pathogens Training. Note: To teach Waterfront Skills, Lifeguarding instructors must possess a basic-level Waterfront Skills certificate Prerequisites: Minimum age: 17 years, Possess a current Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, An equivalent certificate from another organization, Complete the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course and complete the pre-course session.
LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR/TRAINER REVIEW
This in-person Instructor/Instructor Trainer review course is the required course for all Lifeguarding Instructors and Instructor Trainers to re-certify. During this course, Lifeguarding Instructors and Instructor Trainers will participate in an in-water practice and polish skills session with their peers and a classroom-based review of Red Cross administrative policies and procedures. Lifeguarding Instructors and ITs may also choose to attend a brief “test out” session following this course to gain a basic-level Lifeguarding certification. Course records for the basic-level Lifeguarding certification should be submitted electronically, as a separate course record at redcross.org/course records.
WATERFRONT SKILLS TRAINING
This course teaches lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent as well as respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found in public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. Participants must be 15 years or older, have a valid lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate, have the ability to swim 550 yards continuously and tread water for 2 minutes using only their legs. Participants must also complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds that includes: swim 20 yards, surface dive 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, exit the water without using a ladder or steps, then 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.