American Red Cross Lifeguard with Waterfront Course
The American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard with Waterfront course is a course designed to take entry level participants with no previous knowledge and turn them into professional rescuers for pool and non-surf environments.
Typical course details: While each course may vary, most of our courses follow the following details. The goal is to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively assist others if an emergency arises.
- Each course has online and in person segments
- Online material takes approximately 7 hours to complete
- In person training is scheduled for 26 hours
- Courses begin with the pre-course (included within the 26 hours)
General schedule: Most courses are taught using the intensive format over 4 days. This lets participants complete the entire certification in a weekend and start working the day after.
- Day 1 – Pre-course skills test, entries, approaches, victim recognition, assisting distressed swimmers, rescuing an active drowning victim, rescuing a passive drowning victim
- Day 2 – Performing a primary assessment and treating breathing emergencies, treating cardiac emergencies, and first aid
- Day 3 – Rescuing a spinal victim, what to do when things don’t go as practiced, lifeguard written exam and practical skills testing
- Day 4 – Waterfront Module
- **Please note that is a general outline, sessions will be adapted based on course schedule
To participate and pass the course: Participants must meet a variety of criteria to participate and pass the course successfully.
- 15 years of age by the last day of the class
- Pass the pre-course skills test
- Attend all scheduled course time
- Pass written exams with 80% or better
- Pass scenario based skills test
You will be tested on the following skills for the Waterfront Module Precourse Test:
- Swim 550 yards continuously.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
– Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
– Surface dive 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.
– Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
- 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.
June 17-26 Course
June 17 – 5:00-8:00pm
June 19 – 9:00-5:30pm
June 20 – 9:00-5:30pm
June 26 – 9:00-3:00pm
Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Road
Commack NY 11725