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 GRCC's Lifeguarding Courses.
Lifeguard Class Schedule Fall 2017
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We are more than willing to run the above classes as well as any additional American Red Cross Safety training courses that accommodates your schedule and needs with a minimum of 8 participants. Email Maddie Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Lifeguarding Class Prerequisites
All participants must fulfill the following criteria to successfully complete lifeguard training:
- Be 15 years of age by the last day of the course
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
Candidates 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 an instructional material, a pocket mask and cards once the course is completed. (28 Hours)
Lifeguard Instructor Course:
$345.00 includes an instructors manual and certification once the course is passed. Participants will be practice teaching an actual lifeguarding class running at the same time. Additionally, participants will be attending a day to fulfill their skills evaluations, ensure their online portion has been completed, as well as give them insight into instructing. This is in order to give instructor candidates, and their future students, the highest chance of success. (37 Hours)
Lifeguard Recertification Course:
$125.00 includes instructional material and cards once the course is completed. Participants must provide us with a valid Lifeguarding Certificate prior to the start of class and either purchase or bring with them a CPR pocket mask. (16 Hours)
Please pay online at the time of your registration.
Companies and Organizations may pay by check.
Make your check out to: GRCC
Please write the candidates name and course number in the memo.
Mail your Payment to:
Attn: Madeline Dyer
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.
CPR/AED and First Aid Courses
$100 for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers and Responding to Emergencies First Aid
Future class schedules to be determined.