The pool in the Ford Fieldhouse at GRCC

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

If you're 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or a challenging career, American Red Cross Lifeguarding is the best place to start. This course helps you develop skills and experience valued by colleges and future employers. You'll develop new skills and learn how to deal effectively with people, fostering a "take charge" attitude. You'll also get a participant's manual, a pocket mask and tips for securing a lifeguarding job as many of our instructors are seasoned supervisors of local public and private pools.  Let us help you meet your aquatic needs.

Lifeguard classes are offered at many pools locally, but to better understand why lifeguarding is so successful at GRCC, please read About GRCC's Lifeguarding Courses.

Lifeguard Class Schedule Spring/Summer 2017

Year Type of Class

Course Code

Start

End

Days

Time

Full?

Cost Registration
2017 Lifeguarding LG1 2/4 2/25 Saturdays 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25

8:00AM
-
4:30PM

10/10
 

Class Full

$245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG2 3/4 3/25

Saturdays 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

8:00AM
-
4:30PM

10/10

Class Full

 

 

$245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG3 4/1 4/22 Saturdays 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22

8:00AM
-
4:30PM

3/10

 
$245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG4 4/3 4/6 Weekdays 4/3, 4/4, 4/5, 4/6

8:00AM
-
4:30PM

CANCELLED

$245

CANCELLED

2017 Lifeguarding LG5 4/29 5/20 Saturdays 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 8:00AM - 4:30PM

10/10

Class Full

$245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG6 5/15 5/18 Weekdays 5/15, 5/16, 5/17, 5/18 8:00AM - 4:30PM

10/10

Class Full

$245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG7 5/22 5/25 Weekdays 5/22, 5/23, 5/24, 5/25 8:00AM - 4:30PM

10/10

Class Full

$245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG8 6/3 6/10 Weekends 6/3, 6/4, 6/9, 6/10 8:00AM - 4:30PM 9/10 $245

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2017 Lifeguarding LG9 6/19 6/22 Weekdays
6/19, 6/20, 6/21, 6/22
8:00AM
-
4:30PM
2/10 $245 Register Here



Lifeguard Recertification Schedule Spring/Summer 2017

Year Type of Class

Course Code

Start

End

Days

Time

Full?

Cost Registration
2017 Lifeguarding Recertification LGR1 4/15 4/22 Weekends 4/15, 4/22 8:00AM
-
4:30PM
5/5

FULL
$125

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2016

Lifeguarding Recertification

LGR2

5/13 5/20

Saturdays

5/13, 5/20

8:00AM
-
4:30PM

5/5

FULL
$125

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2016

Lifeguarding Recertification

LGR3 5/17 5/18 Weekdays

5/17, 5/18
8:00AM - 4:30PM

5/5

FULL

$125

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Lifeguarding Instructor & Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer Review Course

REQUIRED for all valid LGI & LGI-T


After completing the online update on SABA (The learning center) for the new lifeguarding program release (r.2017) LGIs and LGI-Ts are required to attend an in water review session within one year.

We will be offering 2 options for the LGI/LGI-t Review. One is the course alone ($50), the second is an optional test out for the basic lifeguarding certification for an additional AP fee of $35 for a total of $85

Both classes will run the same time, those who wish to participate in the basic lifeguarding test will take those tests at the and of the day.

Year Type of Class Course Code Days Time Full? Cost Registration
2017 LGI Review LGI-R 6/17 8:00am
-
4:00pm

0/10

$50

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2017 LGI Review & Basic LG Test LGI-RB 6/17 ~ LGI review ~
8:00am ​​​- 4:00pm
~Basic LG test out ~
4:00pm - 5:00pm
0/10 $85 Register Here




We are more than willing to run any of the above classes as well as additional American Red Cross Safety training courses that accommodates your schedule and needs with a minimum of 8 participants. Email Forrest West at forrestwest@grcc.edu for more details.




Lifeguarding Class Prerequisites:

All participants must fulfill the following criteria to successfully complete lifeguard training:

  1. Be 15 years of age by the last day of the course
  2. Swim 300 yards continuously using the following strokes:
    • 100 yards of the front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing propellant kick
    • 100 yards of the breaststroke
    • 100 yards of the front crawl and/or the breaststroke
  3. Swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 12 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point in under 1 minute 40 seconds.
  4. Tread water for two minutes only using your legs.

Course participants who fail the prerequisite test, given during the first day of each session will not be allowed to complete the course and their registration fee will not be refunded.  If you have reservations about the prerequisite tests, contact us prior to signing up.  We want you to succeed!

Candidates who successfully complete lifeguarding class at GRCC will receive certification in:

  • Lifeguarding and First Aid -- Valid for two years.
  • CPR/AED for Lifeguards -- Valid for two years.

Candidates who do not pass the course are normally extended the opportunity to retake the course during the next available session at no additional cost.  In cases where a candidate does not pass the course, the candidate will receive direct information from their instructor about what actions must be taken to retake the course.

Cost
Full Lifeguarding Course:
$245.00 includes an instructional material, a pocket mask and cards once the course is completed. (28 Hours)

Lifeguard Instructor Course:
$345.00 includes an instructors manual and certification once the course is passed. Participants will be practice teaching an actual lifeguarding class running at the same time. Additionally, participants will be attending a day to fulfill their skills evaluations, ensure their online portion has been completed, as well as give them insight into instructing. This is in order to give instructor candidates, and their future students, the highest chance of success. (37 Hours)

Lifeguard Recertification Course:
$125.00 includes instructional material and cards once the course is completed. Participants must provide us with a valid Lifeguarding Certificate prior to the start of class and either purchase or bring with them a CPR pocket mask. (16 Hours)

Payments:
Please pay online at the time of your registration.
Companies and Organizations may pay by check.
Make your check out to: GRCC

Please write the candidates name and course number in the memo.

Mail your Payment to:
GRCC Pool
Attn: Forrest West
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Location:
All sessions are held at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse Natatorium 
111 Lyon St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

 

Seats in classes are not held for candidates until they have paid in full.  

Classes are maxed out at 10 students per instructor. 

Please read our FAQs and About GRCC's Lifeguard Classes prior to registering for a Lifeguarding Class.  The answers to many questions we receive can be found there!

 

2016 CPR/AED and First Aid Courses

$100 for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers and Responding to Emergencies First Aid

Year Type of Class

Course Code

Start

End

Days

Time

Full?

Cost Registration
2016 CPR/AED Pro and RTE Renewal PRO-R1 TBA TBA TBA TBA - $125

-

Candidates must bring proof of current CPR/AED certification to take this course.  Candidates with expired cards may not participate in renewal courses at GRCC.

Register for sessions online using the Lifeguard Registration Form