American Red Cross Lifeguard & CPR Courses


Lifeguard & Water Safety Preparation

American Red Cross life guarding and water safety students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class. Before registering to take a life guard course, students must pass a swimming skills test. Once students have passed the prerequisite test and are enrolled, they’ll receive the latest science-based and hands-on training from experienced instructors, and develop skills they’ll use for a lifetime. In addition to full courses, abbreviated re-certification courses are also available for those who hold current life guarding certifications.

Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

  • Students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class
  • Students must pass a swimming skills test prior to taking life guarding courses

This is the full prerequisite training course description:

Must complete the prerequisite prior to registering for a Life Guarding Course.

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.



This class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. each day, is for people age 15 or older who need to improve their swimming skills before taking a lifeguard class. Topics covered will be the prerequisites for the lifeguard courses, technique tips for freestyle, breaststroke, and side stroke, and building up endurance and strength.

Preregistration Cost: $50. Day of Registration: $60.

To schedule a prerequisite test or speak with the Lifeguard Manager:

Call 845-586-6250 or email:



  • Session 6: Monday – Friday, June 24th – June 28th (Summer Break): 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m
  • Session 7: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 18th – October 10th: 4:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m each day

Preregistration cost for Lifeguard Class: $300. Waterfront Lifeguard Class: $350.

Day of registration cost for Lifeguard class: $325. Waterfront Lifeguard Class: $375.

Fee includes: 30+ hours of instruction, membership to the CRC for the duration of the class, lifeguard manual, CPR Face shield, and a Lifeguard, CPR-PR and First Aid certification.


2019 Lifeguard and CPR-PR Re-certification Class

Each class is 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m

  • Saturday, June 22nd
  • Saturday, September 7th

Cost for Re-certification Classes:

CPR- PR only: Preregister: $65.00. Day of $75.00.

Life guarding with First Aid/ CPR-PR Re-certification: Preregister: $100.00. Day of Registration: $115.00


Youth scholarships are available to youth ages 15 to 18.

For more information or to arrange special private group Red Cross Classes: 

Call 845-586-6250 or email: