1391 Martine Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Ph: 908-889-8800

The men’s locker room will be closed on Friday, March 22 from 2:00 p.m. to closing to deep clean the showers.  It will reopen on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 a.m.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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. 

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

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

ARC Certification Course Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • A 100% refund, or one-time transfer to another class within the next 6 months, will be given if cancellation is received via email to JCC Aquatics Director (kkoza@jccnj.org) 10 days or more before the pretest class starting date.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the course start.  
  • The JCC cannot refund any fees paid to the American Red Cross for Blended Learning or materials purchased through the Red Cross.
  • If the JCC needs to cancel the course, participants will be notified 24 hours in advance and will receive a full refund or full transfer to another course.
  • Payment of the course fee, completion of Blended Learning lessons and participation in class does not guarantee certification.  Students must successfully complete all course objectives and attend all classes to pass the course and be certified as per American Red Cross standards.  No refund will be given if a student does not pass the course.
  • If a candidate fails the pretest of any course they are entitled to a $175 refund.
  • If you/or your child has concerns or questions about the swimming skills/abilities needed for the pretest and course, please contact us (908-889-8800 x219) for a Pre-Course Skill Evaluation ($25) before registering for any Red Cross certification course.

ARC Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

PLEASE NOTE:  Must register with Red Cross for Blended Learning

Click here for the Red Cross link.

February/March
Monday, February 25 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. pretest
Monday, March 4 • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Monday, March 11 • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Monday, March 18 • 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 • 6:00 - 9:15 p.m. final exam

April
Monday, April 8 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. pretest
Monday, April 15 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Thursday, April 18 • 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. final exam

May/June
Wednesday, May 15 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. pretest
Sunday, May 19 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 • 5:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 26 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 29 • 5:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, June 2 • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. final exam 

June
Saturday, June 1 • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. pretest
Saturday, June 8 • 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 • 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 • 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 29 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. final exam 

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

March/April
Thursday, March 21 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. pretest
Sunday, March 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. final exam

April/May
Thursday, April 25 • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. pretest
Sunday, April 28 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 5 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 12 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 • 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. final exam

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

ARC Lifeguard Re-Certification Class 

April
Sunday, April 14 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday April 15 • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

May
Sunday, May 19 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 20 • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

June
Sunday, June 9 • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, June 10 • 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Late June
Friday, June 21 • 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
If a participant does not pass the pre-test, there is a $175 refund.

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

February/March
Monday, February 25 • 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. 
Friday, March 1 • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 4 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8 • 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 11 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 • 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 15 • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. final exam

April/May
Monday, April 22 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, April 24 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday, April 29 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, May 1 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Monday, May 6 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, May 8 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. final exam

June
Sunday, June 16 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Monday, June 17 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Sunday, June 23 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Monday, June 24 • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, June 26 • 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

Stay tuned for upcoming 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 
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.​

ARC Babysitting with CPR for ages 11-15

Stay tuned for additional dates

Babysitter's Training Course with pediatric first aid/CPR
Price: $130, Member Price: $105 

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