American Red Cross Lifeguard/WSI Classes at the JCC

Interested in a great summer job or challenging career as a professional lifeguard? Through videos, group discussion, and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue, and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED, and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard 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 (EMS) personnel take over.

Age Requirements:

  • Lifeguard: All participants must be at least 15 years old on or before the final day of course
  • Water Safety Instructors: All participants must be 16 years old on or before the final day of course


American Red Cross Lifeguard Class


This class is a 29-hour course and participants must attend all days scheduled. The fee includes all materials for the class. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for 2 years. Must be at least 15 years old on or before the final day of course.

Fee: $240 | JCC Member $200


All classes will be held at the JCC pool except for two days of the lifeguard class (Tuesday & Thursday, and one day of the lifeguard review), which will be held at St. Mary's University Natatorium, 1 Camino Santa Maria St, 78228 for deep water skills and testing.


All participants must successfully complete the following prerequisites the 1st day of class, which includes a Swim Test:

1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:

  • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing
  • 100 yards of breaststroke using pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence
  • 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke

2. Starting from the deck, enter the water and swim 20 yards using front crawl or breast stroke. Surface dive between 7-10 feet of water, retrieve a 10 lb object, return to the surface, swim back 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and both hands on the object. Place the object on the deck and then exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

3.  Tread water for 2 minutes with arms up (using legs only).

 Class Dates: Choice of 6 sessions, must be able to attend all days & times of session


Session 6

Sunday June 7 - 9am-6pm & Monday-Thursday, June 8-11 5-10pm

  • Swim test will be conducted at 9am on 1st day of each session at the JCC
  • Deep water skills & testing Tuesday & Thursday 5pm at the St. Mary's University Natatorium. Except for the Session II which will be held at the St. Mary's University Natatorium Thursday & Friday @ 9am 



Frequently Asked Questions

Where do Classes take place?

All Classes will be held at the JCC, except for two days of the lifeguard class (Tues. & Thurs., and one day of the lifegaurd review), which will be held at St. Mary’s University Natatorium, 1 Camino Santa Maria St, 78228 for deep water skills and testing.

What should I bring to Every Class?

  • Swimsuit & Towel, dry change of clothes
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Pen/laptop/tablet REQUIRED– be prepared to take notes
  • Bring lunch or money for lunch for Sunday class
  • A current e-mail address. The American Red Cross sends the certifications electronically to those participants who successfully pass the course. It will take approximately 2 weeks after the last day of class for certifications to be sent.
  • All materials will be issued the First Day of Class – Download lifeguarding manual or the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) materials.
  • Lifeguard Review class participants are required to bring a CPR pocket mask to class. If you do not have one, they are available for purchase from the instructor.

If you have any questions regarding any of these courses, please contact Tracy Schuleman at 210-302-6909.