April Lifeguard Training Course

Do you want to be a lifeguard?

Take the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course including First Aid, CPR and AED.

Each day of the two-day course will run in person from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, with blended learning of 6 hours online before the course starts. Participants must attend all scheduled classes.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications.

Prerequisites for class include: a participant must be at least 15 years old on or before the last day of class and pass course-specific swimming prerequisites prior to the start of training.

There are two prerequisite swimming skills evaluations, which will take place on Saturday, April 6:

Prerequisite 1

  • Complete a swim-tread-swim sequence without stopping to rest. Jump into the water and totally submerge, resurface then swim 150 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. (Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed.)
  • Maintain position at the surface of the water for 2 minutes by treading water using only the legs.
  • Swim 50 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.

Prerequisite 2

  • 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 7–10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, holding the object at the surface with both hands and keeping the face out at or near the surface.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

You will be emailed the online course information, which must be completed before the in-person portion begins on April 6 at 9:00 AM. Seventy-two hours after registering, please check your email, as you will be sent a link to the online portion of this course. 

*Registration closes on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications!

Full-time, part-time and seasonal lifeguard and swim instructor positions are available immediately at the OFJCC! For more information and to apply, please click here.



Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7
9:00 AM–5:00 PM (both days) with blended learning of 6 hours online prior to the course beginning
Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex
$40 Materials fee
Contact: Aquatics | (650) 223-8710 | aquatics@paloaltojcc.org

You can always contact Member Services:

myaccount@paloaltojcc.org   |   (650) 223-8723