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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

If you're 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or a challenging career, American Red Cross Lifeguarding is the best place to start. This course helps you develop skills and experience valued by colleges and future employers. You'll develop new skills and learn how to deal effectively with people, fostering a "take charge" attitude. You'll also get a participant's manual, a pocket mask and tips for securing a lifeguarding job as many of our instructors are seasoned supervisors of local public and private pools.  Let us help you meet your aquatic needs.

Lifeguard classes are offered at many pools locally, but to better understand why lifeguarding is so successful at GRCC, please read About our Lifeguarding Courses.

2014 & 2015 Lifeguard Class Schedule

Year Type of Class

Course Code






Cost? Registration
2014 Lifeguarding LG1 7/24 8/1 7/24, 7/25, 7/29, 7/31, 8/1 2:15PM - 8:15 PM 10/10 $245


2014 Lifeguarding Recertification LGR1 7/31  8/1 7/31 & 8/1 2:15PM to 8:15PM 0/5 $145 Register Here
2014 Lifeguarding LG2 8/11 8/22 8/11, 8/12, 8/21, 8/22 8:00AM - 4:30PM 0/10 $245 Cancelled
2014 Lifeguarding Recertification LGR2 8/21 8/22 8/21 & 8/22 8:00AM - 4:30PM 0/5 $145



2014 Lifeguarding LG3 10/4 10/25 10/4, 10/11, 10/18. 10/25 8:00AM - 4:30PM 0/10 $245

Register Here

2014 Lifeguarding LG4 11/1 11/22 11/1, 11/8, 11/15. 11/22 8:00AM - 4:30PM 0/10 $245

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12/6, 12/7, 12/13, 12/14

8:00AM - 4:30PM



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All participants must fufill the following criteria to successfully complete lifeguard training:

  1. Be 15 years of age by the last day of the course
  2. Swim 300 yards continuously using the following strokes:
    • 100 yards of the front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing propellant kick
    • 100 yards of the breaststroke
    • 100 yards of the front crawl and/or the breaststroke
  3. Swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 12 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point in under 1 minute 40 seconds.
  4. Tread water for two minutes only using your legs.

Course participants who fail the prerequisite test, given during the first day of each session will not be allowed to complete the course and their registration fee will not be refunded.  If you have reservations about the prerequisite tests, contact us prior to signing up.  We want you to succeed!

Candidtes who successfully complete lifeguarding class at GRCC will receive certification in:

  • Lifeguarding and First Aid -- Valid for two years.
  • CPR/AED for Lifeguards -- Valid for two years.

Candidates who do not pass the course are normally extended the opportunity to retake the course during the next available session at no additional cost.  In cases where a candidate does not pass the course, the candidate will receive direct information from their instructor about what actions must be taken to retake the course.

Full Lifeguarding Course:
$245.00 includes a instructional material, a pocket mask and cards once the course is completed. (32 Hours)

Lifeguard Recertification Course:
$145.00 includes instructional material and cards once the course is completed. Participants must provide us with a valid Lifegaurding Certificate prior to the start of class and either purchase or bring with them a CPR pocket mask.

Make your check out to: GRCC
Please write the candidates name and course number in the memo.

Mail your Payment to:
Attn: Mike Boerman
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

All sessions are held at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse Natatorium 
111 Lyon St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503.


Seats in classes are not held for candidates until they have paid in full.  

Classes are maxed out at 10 students per instructor. 

Please read our FAQs and About GRCC's Lifeguard Classes prior to registering for a Lifeguarding Class.  The answers to many questions we receive can be found there!

2014-15 CPR/AED and First Aid Courses

$125 for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers and Responding to Emergencies First Aid

Year Type of Class

Course Code






Cost Registration
2014 CPR/AED Pro and RTE Renewal PRO-R1 TBA TBA TBA TBA - $125


Candidates must bring proof of current CPR/AED certification to take this course.  Candidates with expired cards may not participate in renewal courses at GRCC.

Register for sessions online using the Lifeguard Registration Form