Lifeguarding & Safety Classes

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Want a Rewarding and Fun Summer Job? 
Get Certified as a Professional American Red Cross Lifeguard!

Ages: 15 years and older
Fee: $175.00, includes book and materials

Participants must be able to pass all American Red Cross assessments with an 80% or better to receive certification.
Valid for 2 years.


  • Must be able to pass a 300 yard continuous swim using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Goggles may be worn.
  • Must be able to swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7–10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point holding the object within 1 minute and 40 seconds. May not use goggles.
  • Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.

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Lifeguarding Re-Certification

Keep your Certification Current, Don’t let it Expire!

 15 years and older

Fee: $90.00, includes book and materials
Course Length: 10-12 hours 

Must be able to pass all American Red Cross Assessments with an 80% or better to receive certification that will be valid for 2 years.


  • Current Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED Certification. Must bring current certification to first day of class or student will not be allowed to participate and refund will be automatically given. 

This class is for current American Red Cross lifeguards who need to renew their certification. If your certification has already expired, a full lifeguard course must be taken!

The course review will focus on:

The Professional Lifeguard • Facility Safety • Surveillance and Recognition • Injury Prevention • Emergency Action Plans • Water Rescue Skills • Before providing Care/ Victim Assessment • Breathing Emergencies • CPR/AED • First Aid • Caring for Head, Neck and Spinal Injuries 

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Adult/Pediatrics First Aid / CPR / AED

Be a Leader. Learn to Keep Your Family, Coworkers, and Others Safe!

Ages: 11 years and older 

Fee: $60.00, includes book and materials

Must be able to pass all American Red Cross assessments with an 80% or better to receive certification.

Valid for 2 years.

Pre-Requisites: Must be 11 years of age

Class 1 -  March 23    10:00am - 4:00pm
Class 2 -  April 20       10:00am - 4:00pm
Class 3 -  May 11         10:00am - 4:00pm


Albert Ray Massey Recreation Center
1001 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32605

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Lifeguard Clinic

This Lifeguard Clinic will introduce participants to skills including First-Aid, CPR and rescue techniques needed to complete the American Red Cross lifeguard certification in a slower-paced environment than our lifeguard class offerings. The program will center around the primary skills necessary to be a lifeguard, as well as the physical conditioning needed to do those skills. While it is not a lifeguard course, each participant will have the opportunity to earn a Lifeguard Certification, if they are able to pass all necessary assessments. 

Dates:  July 29 - August 2
Fee: $175 
Location: H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside Pool), 1001 NW 31st Dr. 
Ages: 15–16 years old Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8:30 am–5:30 pm (Please do not drop students off earlier than 7:45 am)
Prerequisites: Participants must be able to swim and complete the following tasks before the first day! Swim tests can be administered Mon.-Fri. between 4:00-7:00 pm, at Northeast or Westside pools, please call the pool before visit. Northeast – 352-334-2191; Westside – 352-334-2187. 
  • 100 yard swim 
  • 1 minute tread 
  • Retrieval of a 10-pound weight from 8–10 feet of water
  • All participants are required to bring their own lunch, snacks, goggles, sunscreen, tennis shoes, socks, towel and swimsuit. Denim shorts or cut-offs are not allowed to be worn in the water. Due to the nature of the clinic, it is required that all female participants wear a one-piece swimsuit.