Certifications & Training

We offer ARC Lifeguard training courses classes to people in our community. Individuals who complete the prerequisite swimming skills are permitted to sign up for the Lifeguard Training course. This is a Blended Learning class and will require online training on a computer or tablet. Bring proof of age, a bathing suit, and a towel. Must turn 15 years old before the last day.

Please contact Mary Desjardins, Assistant Aquatics Director for Certification Class information: aquatics@ccaymca.org | (856) 691-0030 ext. 112 

Join us for our next Lifeguard Pre-screening and Lifeguard Course!

Individuals who complete the prerequisite swimming skills are permitted to sign up for the Lifeguard Training course. This is a Blended Learning class and will require online training on a computer or tablet. Bring proof of age, a bathing suit, and a towel. Must turn 15 years old before the last day.

Lifeguarding Swimming skills pre-screening test:

Wednesday, May 18 - 6:30-7:15 pm

Thursday, May 19 - 7:30-8:15 pm

Saturday, May 21 - 2:00-2:45pm

Monday, May 23 - 4:00-4:45pm

Fee per class: Facility Members - Free | Program members - $3.00 | Community members - $4.00

1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates 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.

2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

 3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are prohibited.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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 with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

ARC LIFEGUARD COURSE – BLENDED LEARNING:

Our next course will begin Saturday, May 14; 9:00-5:00pm; class dates will be Monday and Tuesdays, 5:00-9:00pm

  • Individuals who complete the prerequisite swimming skills are eligible to sign up for the Lifeguard
    Training course. This is a Blended Learning class and will require online training to be done on a computer
    or tablet and virtual class sessions on Zoom as well as in-person manikin and water rescue skills.
  • Successful performance of the above Prescreening skills and be 15 years old.
  • Successful completion of assignments, written test, and water skills are required for certification.
    The course includes all the up-to-date course/materials for Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications.

Fee LG Cert class: Facility members: $200.00 Program/Community members: $250.00

  • Fee includes ARC LG manual, pocket mask and fanny pack and certification fee

Recertification for those with a current (not expired past 30 days) certification card in ARC Lifeguard, First Aid, & Pro CPR/AED training. Come in prepared to perform all the skills from the 2017 Lifeguarding Manual. Must complete one pre-screening session.

Please bring: bathing suit, towel, proof of certification, copy of the most recent 2017 Lifeguarding Manual (available for purchase), adult and pediatric resuscitation masks (available for purchase)

New Session information: please email aquatics@ccaymca.org if you are interested.
Class Fees: Information Coming Soon

Upgrade to Waterfront for those with a current (not expired) American Red Cross only certification card in Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED.
Includes 6 –8 hours in water and classroom
 
Please Bring: bathing suit, towel, proof of certification, copy of the most recent 2017 Lifeguarding Manual (available for purchase),
adult and pediatric resuscitation masks (available for purchase) 
 
New Session coming in 2022, please email aquatics@ccaymca.org if you are interested.
Class Fees: Information Coming Soon

Waterfront Lifeguarding Swimming skills pre-screening test:

1. Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.

2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:

  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, 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 with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

4. Complete a submerge and retrieve exercise 

  • 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

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