Red Cross Certification Classes


Come to the SJCC and take a class in which you will learn how to teach swimming or save a life.

The SJCC offers a variety of American Red Cross training classes including participant and instructor level classes. All courses are taught by certified staff.


Have you ever thought about being a lifeguard? Well look no further! Using videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard.  Successful completion of the course will result in American Red Cross certificates in Lifeguard Training (which includes First Aid) and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years of age and pass certain swimming requirements

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Basic Water Rescue

The purpose of this class is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. (FRAG)To prepare individuals for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves while assisting others.  This course is ideal for public safety personnel (police, fire, EMTs), parents, aquatic fitness instructors, aquatic therapists, child care providers, physical therapy assistants, personal fitness trainers, coaches, athletic trainers and others who work around water.

The Basic Water Rescue course does not provide participants with all the information and skills needed to be certified as a lifeguard.

Prerequisites: None. However, since there is an in-water skill session, it is recommended that participants are comfortable in chest deep water.   

Water Safety Instructor

Become an American Red Cross Water Safety instructor and teach children and adults how to swim! Successful completion of the American Red Cross Water Safety instructor course will result in certification to teach Learn-to-swim, parent and child aquatics, preschool aquatics, Basic water rescue, and Safety training for swim coaches.

Prerequisites: must be at least 16 and demonstrate swimming ability equivalent to Level IV in the Learn-to-Swim program

Lifeguard Instructor

Become certified to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens. This course prepares instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Note: To be eligible to teach Waterfront Skills, candidates must also possess a current Waterfront Skills certificate (or equivalent)

Prerequisites: You must be a minimum of 17 and pass a pre-course test that covers swimming, rescues, CPR and first aid.






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