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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class

JCCMW runs American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and Water Safety Instructor Certification courses.  These give anyone looking to work at a pool – whether during the year or at a summer camp – the confidence and skills necessary to work as a swim instructor or lifeguard.

Thursday nights, March 11 – May 20, plus one Sunday in April/May 9am-5pm will be required for rescue skills, First Aid and CPR exam (Date TBA).
*6-7:00pm: classroom
*7:00-8:30pm: pool

15 yrs. & up
$500 plus cost of certification ($43) at the end of the course, if all requirements of the course are reached, which is payable to the instructor, and you will need to provide your own CPR Mask.

This class is available to anyone who is turning 15 by the end of the course or a swimmer who is already 15 years old.  Must pass pre-requisites to enroll – $50 non-refundable fee for evaluation.

Upon successful completion of Lifeguarding course, each participant will receive:

  • an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Lifeguard/First Aid, which is valid for 2 years
  • an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, which is valid for 2 years but NY State requires this to be renewed annually.

Before anyone can sign-up you will need to complete the following pre-requisites:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
  2. 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick.  Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front.
  3. 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breath, kick and glide sequence.
  4. 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.
  5. Treading water for 2 minutes, no use of arms.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
Contact Aquatics Director for more information at rykalam@jccmw.org

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Class

The WSI course trains instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety programs: Parent Child, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Course  (with Safety Training for Swim Coaches if applicable to participants).


This certification is the gold standard and provides the most complete training for swim instructors 15yrs and up (must be 16 years old by class completion date). Class format will be Blended Learning which totals 30hrs. 15 min. of training. This combined format has online training and in person skills sessions. 

  • All participants must complete pre-requisite test to be able to participate in the WSI class. 
  • SKILLS REQUIRED: Front crawl 25 yds, Backcrawl 25yds, Breaststroke 25 yds, Elementary Backstroke 25yds, Sidestroke 25yds, Butterfly 15yds, Floating or sculling for 1 minute, Tread water for 1 minute.
    Please schedule by contacting Marlena Rykala at rykalam@jccmw.org
  • Must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last date of the course
  • All classes are mandatory, there are no makeups.
  • Class is Non refundable
Class meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays on the following dates & times:

5/25 6:00-8:30pm
5/27 5:30-8:30pm
6/1 6:00-8:30pm
*6/3 4:00-8:30pm
6/8 4:00-8:30pm
*6/10 4:00-8:30pm
6/15 4:00-8:30pm
*6/17 4:00-8:30pm

Class Fee: $500 plus cost of ARC certification ($39) to be paid direct to the instructor if all requirements are met.pm9


Lifeguard Re-certification

Is your American Red Cross certification almost expired? Get re-certified in this complete re-certification class that covers lifeguarding and CPR/AED professional rescuer certification.

$250 plus $40 for ARC certification to be paid direct to the instructor if all requirements are met.

Class dates for Spring 2021, must attend all 3 dates:  
Wednesday 6/2 6:00-8:30pm
Saturday 6/5 1:00-3:25pm
Wednesday 6/9 6:00-8:30pm

Red Cross CPR and First Aid Re-certification