American Red Cross Courses

American Red Cross

Basic Lifeguarding

Ages 15 and above

Provides entry-level participants 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 EMS personnel take over.

Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 300 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 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 steps or a ladder. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm | $450 

Lifeguarding & Waterfront Skills
Ages 15 and above

Provides entry-level participants 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 EMS personnel take over, including in aquatic facilities in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years; 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 steps or a ladder. Participants who successfully complete this course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and Waterfront Skills, both valid for 2 years.

June 18, 19, 20 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | $475 (Members) $500 (Non-Members)

Lifeguarding & Waterfront Review

An abbreviated Lifeguarding course that briefly reviews course information and allows practice of skills and knowledge before testing. Current certification in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is required to participate in the review course. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for 2 years.

June 20 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm | $250

Water Safety Instructor Course
Ages 16 and above

If you are a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This course will help you teach skills that may save a life and prepare you to teach swimming and aquatic awareness. 

Prerequisites:Successfully complete the instructorcourse written pretest with a minimum score of 80 percent or better and successfully complete instructor course skills pretest consisting of water safety and swimming skills.  

Cost: $500  This course can be scheduled by calling the YWCA Director of Aquatics at 203-869-6501, ext. 121

 

For questions contact the YWCA Aquatics Department at 203-869-6501, ext. 121.
 

Please note: YWCA Membership is required for all programs.

Go to the Membership Section for information on membership categories.