American Red Cross Lifeguard Course

The American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard course is a course designed to take entry level participants with no previous knowledge and turn them into professional rescuers.

This certification is a nationally recognized course allowing successful participants to lifeguard at pools. Once completed, the new lifeguard can take this certification and move on to certifications that allow them to guard in beach 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 20 hours
  • Courses begin with the pre-course (included within the 20 hours)

General schedule: Most courses are taught using the intensive format over 3 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
  • **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 exam with 80% or better
  • Pass scenario based skills test

June 17-20
Lifeguard Course

When:
June 17 – 5:00-8:00pm
June 19 – 9:00-5:30pm
June 20 – 9:00-5:30pm

Where:
Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Road
Commack NY 11725

June 26-27
Lifeguard Course

When:
June 26 – 9:00-7:30pm
June 27 – 9:00-7:30pm

Where:
LuHi
131 Brookville Road
Glen Head NY 11545

July 8-11
Lifeguard Course

When:
July 8 – 5:00-8:00pm
July 10 – 9:00-5:30pm
July 11 – 9:00-5:30pm

Where:
Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Road
Commack NY 11725

July 17-18
Lifeguard Course

When:
July 17 – 9:00-7:30pm
July 18 – 9:00-7:30pm


Where:
LuHi
131 Brookville Road
Glen Head NY 11545

August 14-15
Lifeguard Course

When:
August 14 – 9:00-7:30pm
August 15 – 9:00-7:30pm

Where:
LuHi
131 Brookville Road
Glen Head NY 11545

August 26-29
Lifeguard Course

When:
August 26 – 5:00-8:00pm
August 28 – 9:00-5:30pm
August 29 – 9:00-5:30pm

Where:
Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Road
Commack NY 11725