Lifeguarding Classes

This course is designed to teach lifeguards, as professional rescuers, the skills needed to prevent injuries, prepare for and respond appropriately to drowning, injury, breathing and cardiac emergencies. This approximately 28-hour training will train participants to the newly released lifeguard program, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Qualifying participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR certifications valid for two years.

Classroom materials are available to borrow during the course at no additional charge. Course manuals are available for purchase and are also available at no charge in digital format, please ask for details. Classroom manuals not returned by the participant in their original condition, will be subjected to a fee equal to the full price of the manual. 


  • April 21-22: 9am-5pm & April 23: 9am-2pm
  • May 15-May 16: 9am-5pm & May 17: 9am-2pm.
  • May 30: 9am-3:30pm Optional Add-on Waterfront Component

***ALL courses are Blended Learning courses that combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency.  Please plan to complete the initial online lessons of your training at least two days prior to your first on-site skills session which is scheduled.***

For participants that fail to pass the precourse skills or withdraw within 5 days of the course, a refund minus $75 will be mailed to the participant. Participation in the course does not guarantee successful completion.  Should the course participant fail to successfully complete the course, drop out of the course, or not attend the course, no refund will be issued. Successful or unsuccessful completion is at the sole discretion of the instructor and/or Saint Joseph’s College.


$268 SJC students, faculty & staff (includes Red Cross fees)
$335 community members (includes Red Cross fees)

$50 Waterfront component (adding on to full Lifeguard certification)
$75 Waterfront component (taking class as a stand-alone, includes Red Cross fees)

Recertification course- dates


  • be at least 15 years old by end of class
  • be able to swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • be able to complete a 20-yards back-and-forth swim with surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object from a depth of 7-10 feet, under 1 minute 40 seconds
  • for Waterfront training, be able to swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • for Waterfront training, be able to swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface, and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool


Please contact 207-893-6615 or for information.  Online registration required.