The JCC of Dallas offers lifeguard classes conducted through the American Red Cross curriculum.
Participants must be 15 years of age to participate in the class and must attend all session dates. Participants are recommended to be in active shape to complete the lifeguarding course. Participants must complete the prerequisite skills session conducted on the first day of course to be eligible to participate. Each participant is allowed two attempts for each skill test:
- Swim 300 yards continuously, freestyle or breaststroke.
- Tread water for 2 minutes, legs only.
- Swim 20 yards freestyle, retrieve a 10lb diving brick from the bottom of the pool, and return it to the other end of the pool without stopping.
Please contact us if you are interested in practicing the prerequisite skills prior to start of the course.
The course is offered in a blended learning format. Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency. Please plan to complete all eLearning modules, including the CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid final eLearning exam, at least two days prior to your first in-person skills session. Most participants complete the eLearning portion of the course in approximately 7 hours. Your experience may vary widely based on several factors including your PC, internet speed and previous training. After registering but prior to the start of the class, an email will be sent with a link to access the online materials. Student will bring certificate of completion on the first day of in person course. More information will be provided in course email.
Additionally, students are expected to read each chapter and complete review questions from the American Red Cross Lifeguard Manual. Click here to access the manual online.
Due to the nature of the blended learning format of the course, registration for each course will close no later than 5 days prior to the start of the in-person session, to allow time for students to access and complete online materials. Access link for the eLearning course will be emailed out prior to beginning of in-person session. If you do not receive email with specific course information at least 5 days prior to beginning of your course, please contact us.
Classes are limited to 10 participants under normal circumstances. If you register for a class that is at maximum participants, you may be waitlisted and we will contact you to discuss different class dates.
To pass the course, students must:
- Successfully complete the eLearning component of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course.
- Successfully complete the precourse skills session.
- Attend and participate in all course skill sessions and complete class activities.
- Demonstrate competency in all skills and scenarios.
- Pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be certified for two years by the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.