Main Navigation Menu

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 our Lifeguarding Courses.

Prerequisites:

All participants must fufill 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!

Candidtes 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 a instructional material, a pocket mask and cards once the course is completed.

Lifeguard Recertification Course:
$120.00 includes instruction material and cards once the course is completed. 
 


Make your check out to: GRCC

Mail your Payment to:

GRCC Pool
Attn: Mike Boerman
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

If you're thining of becoming certified, check back often for class session dates and times.  Our classes fill very quickly--beat the rush in the spring and become certified this fall!

2013 & 2014 Lifeguard Classes

Year Type of Class

Course Code

Start

End

Days

Time

Full?

Registration
2013 Lifeguarding LG0 8/19 8/22 M - Th 8:00-4:30 2/10

Completed

2013 LG Recertification LGRAA 8/21 8/22 Wed/Thurs 8:00-4:30 2/5 Completed
2013 Lifeguarding LG A September September Sat&Sun 9/14, 9/15 & 9/21, 9/22 8:00-4:30 4/10 Canceled
2013 Lifeguarding LG D November November 11/16 & 11/17 and 11/23 &11/24 8:00-4:30 Canceled

 

Year Course Code Start End Dates Times Full? Registration
2014 Lifeguarding LG1 January 5 January 26 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 8:00AM - 4:30PM 6/10

Completed

2014 Lifeguarding Review ($120) LGR1 January19 January 26 1/19 & 1/26 8:00AM - 4:30PM 1/4

Completed

2014 Lifeguarding LG2 February 8 March 1 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1 8:00AM - 4:30PM 3/10   Completed
2014 Lifeguarding LG3 March 3 March 6 3/3, 3/4, 3/5, 3/6 8:00AM - 4:30PM X Canceled
2014 Lifeguarding LG4 March 31 April 3 3/31, 4/1, 4/2, 4.3 8:00AM - 4:30PM 4/10

Completed

2014 Lifeguarding LG5 April 5 April 26 4/5, 4/12. 4/19, 4/26 8:00AM - 4:30PM Full

Completed

2014 Lifeguarding LG6 May 12 May 15 5/12. 5/13, 5/14, 5/15 8:00AM - 4:30PM 5/10 Register Here
2014 Lifeguarding LG6.5 May 18 June 8 5/18, 5/24 6/1, 6/7 8:00AM - 4:30PM 9/10

 

2014 Lifeguarding LG7 May 27 May 30 5/27, 5/28, 5/29, 5/30 8:00AM to 4:30PM 7/10 Register Here
2014 Lifeguarding LG8 June 9 June 12 6/9, 6/10, 6/11, 6/12 8:00AM to 4:30PM 2/10 Register Here
2014 Lifeguarding LG9 June 23 June 26 6/23, 6/24, 6/25. 6/26 8:00AM - 4:30PM 4/10 Register Here

Seats in classes are not resereved 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!

2013-2014 Lifeguard Refersher Classes

Cost $120 

Year Type of Class

Course Code

Start

End

Days

Time

Full?

Registration
2014 LG Recertification LGR2 March 23 March 30 Sundays 11:30 to 4:00PM 3/5

Register Here

2014 LG Recertification LGR3 April
19 
April
26
Saturdays 8:00
to
4:30PM
4/5

Register Here

2014 LG Recertificaiton LGR4 TBA TBA     0/5  

2013-2014 ARC CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider  & Responding to Emergencies First Aid Recertification Classes

$75 CPR or RTE
$120 Both CPR/AED and RTE

Year Type of Class

Course Code

Start

End

Days

Time

Full?

Registration
2014 CPR/AED & RTE Recert PRO1 March 30 March 30 Sundays 10:00 to 2:00PM 0/5

Register Here

2014

CPR/AED & RTE Recert

PRO2 TBA TBA     0/5  
2014

CPR/AED & RTE Recert

PRO3 TBA TBA     0/5  

Register for sessions online using the Lifeguard Registration Form