PREVENT AND RESPOND TO WATER EMERGENCIES
Our American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification courses are designed to prepare you for a water emergency.
We offer both in-person and blended courses, which combine in-person and online classes.
American Red Cross Certifications
The American Red Cross lifeguard training and certifications are required for all Shalom Austin JCC aquatics staff. Please review these prerequisites before signing up.
The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Training in Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens, Epi-pen Auto-Injector, and Asthma is offered. In order to participate in this class, you must pass a pre-course which consists of a 300-yard continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke, tread water for two minutes using only your legs, and a timed event which includes swimming 20 yards, picking up a 10 lb brick from the bottom of 7-10 feet of water and swimming it back to the side keeping both hands on the brick.
Blended courses that require a 7-hour online component must be completed before the first day of class. Check the class you register to for online.
The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the content. The review course format optimizes participants ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills. Individuals with a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate must successfully complete the review course to earn recertification. In order to participate in this class, you must be present a current (or within 30 days of expiration) Red Cross Lifeguarding certification and pass the precourse. (300-yard continuous swim using front crawl and/or breaststroke, tread water for two minutes using legs only, and a timed event which includes swimming 20 yards, picking up a 10 lb. brick from the bottom of 7-10 feet of water and swimming it back to the side keeping both hands on the brick) Training in Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens, Epi-pen Auto-Injector, and Asthma offered for additional $25 fee.
If your prior certification has expired more than 30 days of course, then you must attend a full lifeguard course.
Safety Training for Swim Coaches
The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Safety Training for Swim Coaches course is to teach those involved in competitive swimming, including coaches, officials, athletic trainers and aquatic exercise trainers, how to help maintain a safe and comfortable environment for swimmers, prevent accidents and emergencies, and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land. In order to participate in this class, you must be at least 15 years of age, be comfortable in chest deep water, and have completed the online Safety Training for Swim Coach’s Course with the American Red Cross.
This is a blended course that require a 3-hour online component to be completed before the first day of class. The online component must be purchased separately through American Red Cross.
The primary purpose of this course is to train instructors to teach basic level ARC lifeguarding, CPR/AED for professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens classes. 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.
In order to participate in this class, you must pass a pre-course which consists of a multi-rescuer response scenario, a timed scenario for water rescue & extrication(not to exceed 1 min 30 sec) followed by 3-min of 1-Rescuer CPR and an entries & approaches skill evaluation
*Lifeguard re-certification available for additional $25 fee.
*Training in Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens, Epi-pen Auto-Injector, and Asthma offered for additional $25 fee.
This is a blended course that require a 2-hour online component to be completed before the first day of class.
American Red Cross Babysitters Course
The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Babysitters Course is to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Training in Pediatric CPR and First Aid is offered for additional $25 fee.
Basic Water Rescue, Ages 11+
The American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue course provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to many types of aquatic emergencies. This course also prepares individuals for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves while assisting others.
Junior Lifeguard, Ages 11+
The American Red Cross introduces the revised Junior Lifeguarding program, which is designed to guide youths ages 11-14 to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. The course focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills of future lifeguards. Junior Lifeguarding has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED. Participants also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation to get a real sense of being on the job.
In order to participate in this class you must pass a pre-course which consists of a one-minute treat/float, rotate one full turn to level off into a 75 yard swim( with 30 second breaks at the wall) using freestyle and breaststroke.
General Certifications, Ages 11+
This course will cover:
- Administration of emergency oxygen using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs) and emergency oxygen
- How bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure and what to do if exposed to infectious material (meets requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard)
- How to recognize and respond to an anaphylaxis emergency, including administering an epinephrine auto-injector based on the widely available EpiPen®.
- How to recognize signs and symptoms of Asthma, including caring for sever asthma attacks using quick relief medications