American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

The pool in the Ford Fieldhouse at GRCC

NOTICE: The Grand Rapids Community College pool will not be offering any lifeguarding or recertification classes until January 2019 as our facility is undergoing a renovation. If you would like more information regarding the renovation, please review our renovation notice here:

If you have any other questions regarding lifeguarding classes or the renovation please feel free to send me an email at


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 Winter 2018

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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 for more details.

Lifeguarding Class Registration

Lifeguarding Class Prerequisites

All participants must fulfill 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!

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 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. 

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!


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.

Register for sessions online using the Lifeguard Registration Form