1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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Lifeguard/WSI Certification Classes

For those interested in aquatics safety training, we offer American Red Cross (ARC) Certification Courses on a regular basis.   The ARC Program features the latest lifeguarding rescue skills and safety protocols and the latest science in first aid, CPR/AED and emergency cardiovascular care.

ARC Lifeguard Re-Certification Class

Friday, December 29 • 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 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

ARC Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

Sunday, December 17 • 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 26 • 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 27 • 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 28 • 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 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. Please see the Lifeguard Training listing for information relating to pretest, strenuous skills practice and completion requirements. 
Click here for the Red Cross link.
Price: $350, Member Price: $300

ARC Lifeguard Training

Stay tuned for our updated class schedule!

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.

Price: $350, Member Price: $300 • Cost includes book, CPR mask, first-aid kit • Refund of $175 if participant does not pass pretest.

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

Stay tuned for our updated class schedule!

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 

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

Stay tuned for our updated class schedule!

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 
Please contact Laura Bransky, WSI-IT, (barracudas@jccnj.org) prior to enrolling in this course.​