American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Training Recertification
The American Red Cross blended learning format combines in-person skill sessions with online simulation to enhance the training experience. Additional work outside of class (approximately 7 hours for the online portion, plus reading and questions) is required to complete the class. The online work, reading and homework questions are made available to the student within 24 hours of registration. The first assignment (approximately 4 hours online plus reading and questions) is due the first day of class.
Lifeguard training includes First Aid, CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer. Students will need a CPR adult/pediatric pocket mask available for $15.
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. Candidate must be 15 years old by the last day of class.
What makes Westchester and Fairfield Lifeguard Training different from other programs?
Our student to instructor ratio for skills portion of class is generally 1 instructor to 6 students. The industry standard is 1 to 10. We find the extra input from quality, focused and caring instructors makes a tremendous difference in learning. This increases our cost to run classes, but the results are well worth it.
To participate in the course, student must be able to pass prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:
♦ Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You 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. You should place your hands under your armpits.
♦ Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
♦ Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
♦ Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
♦ Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
If your child has not recently engaged in an activity geared towards increasing swimming endurance, or has not received formal swimming instruction, it is strongly advised that they participate in lifeguard training preparation classes.
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Please read carefully and make your class selection accordingly:
“Wilson took another lifeguarding course in NJ and he told he learned nothing compared to the training you gave him. He says “Kate’s training was a real lifeguard training.” Thank you so much, it really makes a difference.”
“Casper has really improved and all thanks to your program! It’s very cute but he tells me every day: “They really know what they are doing here! They give you tips while you’re swimming. They’re great!” He’s a total kitty cat in the water so this is a GLOWING recommendation!”
“Rarely to never has Rory called me and told me what an awesome experience he had. He told me that your lifeguard teaching style was to not move on until everyone was caught up. He learned so much and felt like he had a real work out! I only wish he had you for Chemistry!
My daughter completed your lifeguard program. She just completed her CPR training (again) for the ambulance corp. The instructor commented on her depth of training and knowledge with CPR that which she learned from you. Just thought you might like to know! Thanks.”
“My twins had different skill sets, interest and strengths. They tailored their instruction for each of my kids. We highly recommend this camp!”
”Just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for another great swim camp. My children had a blast. Your staff was great. Your swim camp is number one on their list between all the other camps they attended”
”I wanted you to know you are a ‘rock star’ in the Lifeguard world. You are very respected by pool supervisors and so my certificate is holding weight and not just being looked at as from some fly by night school”
”I have found Kate to be a professional, going above and beyond the call of duty. Kate maintains a great program with very high standards for herself and staff members. After attending other swimming organizations and experiencing frustration and disappointment in the past, I can honestly say that the Westchester and Fairfield Program is outstanding!”
“I wanted to let you know that we received the certifications today and to thank you so much for the course. My son has been telling us how beneficial it was for him. He seemed amazed that it could be so much better than the other courses he has taken. I was a lifeguard myself and a volunteer EMT so I appreciate the fact that you inspired my son.”
Lifeguard Management In-Person Testing Site for New York State Department of Health Camp Requirement.
Test is administered at no charge when you register for any of our programs, Lifeguarding, CPR, RTE or WSI.