Lifeguard Certification Course

Must be 15+ years old by the completion of course

This course prepares you to respond to emergencies in an aquatic environment and trains you in CPR/AED and First Aid. This certification is nationally recognized and accepted across the country. This is a blended learning course that combines online learning with in-water sessions. It allows participants to complete all the eLearning information and view the videos for skills before the in-water sessions.


  • 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​
  • Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event in 1 minute and 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 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 with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface to breathe (or to get a breath). Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


Full Course Fee:  $350 Members, $400 Non-Members
You will be provided with an electronic copy of instructor candidate materials. If you would like to have hard copies, they can be purchased at


WSI Training

Must be 16+ years old by the completion of the course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program, by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. If you are a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Courses will help you teach skills that may save a life, gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional and earn money while you help people learn valuable skills. In addition, you will learn organizational and presentation skills that will help you in any career and make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you want to splash around with kids and teach them to swim, help children and adults refine their strokes or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This course is a combination of online learning, zoom meetings, and water sessions.

– Minimum age: 16
– Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes:

  • Front Crawl – 25 yards
  • Sidestroke – 25 yards
  • Back Crawl – 25 yards
  • Butterfly – 15 yards
  • Breaststroke – 25 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 min. in deep water (floating or sculling)


Online & Web-Based Classroom Fee: $125.00

Red Cross Registration Fee: $35.00

Upon registration, you will receive a link to register with the American Red Cross where an additional $35 fee will be charged. You must be registered with both the SYJCC and the American Red Cross before you can access the online learning.

Practical In-Water Registration Fee: Member Discount $150.00 Non-Member Fee $200.00 (does not need to be paid until the session dates are confirmed)

Member Total: $310

Non-Member Total: $360

An electric copy with be provided of instructor candidate materials. If you would like to have hard copies, they can be purchased at