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Lifeguard/WSI Certification Classes

ARC Lifeguard Training

The ARC Lifeguard Training Course teaches candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatics emergencies including drowning and injuries.  This training includes lifeguard certification, first aid training and professional rescuer CPR certification.

NOTES: Students must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled training class and must be able to pass the following pretest skills:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously using these strokes in the following order: 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick; 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence; and then 100 yards of the front crawl and/or breaststroke.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the brick and then exit the water without using a ladder or steps, all within one minute and 40 seconds.
  • Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes

Successful completion of this course requires participation in all skill practice.  The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity.  Students are encouraged to check with their healthcare professional before participating in the course.  If a medical condition or disability exists, that might prevent participation in the activities.  Candidates must pass emergency skill scenarios, a written test and attend all scheduled class dates. 

The pre-test is on the first day of class.

If a participant does not pass the pre-test, there is a $175 refund.

Price: $350, Member Price: $300 • Cost includes, CPR mask, first-aid kit 

ARC Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

PLEASE NOTE:  Must register with Red Cross for Blended Learning

Click here for the Red Cross link.

March
Monday, February 26 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. PRE-TEST
Monday, March 5 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Monday, March 12 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Monday, March 19 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.

March/April
Tuesday, March 27 • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PRE-TEST
Monday, April 2 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 5 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
If you are bringing snacks during these sessions, please observe Passover dietary restrictions.  Thank you for your understanding. 

May
Monday, April 30 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PRE-TEST
Monday, May 7 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Monday, May 14 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16 14 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Monday, May 21 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.

June
Monday, June 11 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PRE-TEST
Wednesday, June 13 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Friday, June 15 • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, June 18 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Friday, June 22 • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

July/August
Sunday, July 29 • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, July 30 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5 • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday, August 6 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Course includes seven hours of online blended learning.  Participants must register with the Red Cross.  Each participant must register with a unique email.  Blended Learning (e-learning) must be completed before 2nd day of class (see link below).  Please see the Lifeguard Training listing for information relating to pretest, strenuous skills practice and completion requirements. 

Click here for the Red Cross link.
If a participant does not pass the pre-test, there is a $175 refund.
Price: $350, Member Price: $300

ARC Lifeguard Training - Traditional In-Person Full Course

April
Sunday, April 8 • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 10 • 5:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 • 5:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24 • 5:30 - 8:45 p.m.

No online learning at home required.
Price: $350, Member Price: $300

ARC Lifeguard Re-Certification Class

March
Sunday, March 25 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, March 26 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

April
Sunday, April 29 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

May
Sunday, May 20 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 21 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Early June
Sunday, June 3 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, June 4 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Late June
Sunday, June 24 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, June 25 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

To enroll in this course, you must be a current lifeguard with a valid lifeguard certification and complete the lifeguard training pretest swimming skills. (You cannot take this course if your lifeguard certification is expired.) Please see the Lifeguard Training listing for information relating to pretest, strenuous skills practice and completion requirements.  Students must come with pocket mask, suits and copy of current certification.  Be prepared to demonstrate all skills and pass written exam.  Please bring CPR mask.  Includes CPR/AED/FA/LGT.
Price: $275, Member Price: $250
If a participant does not pass the pre-test, there is a $175 refund.

ARC Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course (minimum age 16)

March/April
Monday, March 26 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday, April 2 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3  • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 5 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. FINAL EXAM

April/May
Sunday, April 29 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday, May 7 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. FINAL EXAM

May/June
Friday, May 25 • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 31 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday, June 4 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 7 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. FINAL EXAM

June/July
Sunday, June 24 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 5 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. FINAL EXAM 

Prerequisites: Participants must be 16 years old by the end of training.  In addition, candidates must pass a pre-course evaluation consisting of demonstrating the following swimming strokes: front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly with a minimum American Red Cross Level 4 skill performance.  The purpose of the WSI course is to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to teach swim lessons for infants through adults.  Candidates must attend all sessions, successfully complete all skills and practice teaching assignments and attain a minimum grade of 80% on the written exam to pass the class.  Maximum number of students per course: 8. 7 hours of online work also required and $35 ARC fee and books.
Price: $350, Member Price: $300 
If a participant does not pass the pre-test, there is a $175 refund.

ARC Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Cross-over and Re-entry

June
Saturday, June 16 • 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 • 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: This course is designed to re-certify American Red Cross WSIs whose authorizations have been expired for no more than 2 years.  Current swimming instructors from other organizations may be able to take this course, please contact Laura Bransky for verification. Please see all course requirements listed below under WSI. Maximum number of students per course: 8. Seven hours additional online blended learning and $35 ARC fee and books (2014 Version) required.
Price: $240, Member Price: $215 
If a participant does not pass the pre-test, there is a $175 refund.
Please contact Laura Bransky, WSI-IT, (barracudas@jccnj.org) prior to enrolling in this course.​

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