Junior Lifeguard

The Junior Lifeguard course will teach water safety and introduce participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard; however, this course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. It will build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Successful completion requires participation in skills practice, passing the written test with a minimum 80% & successful accomplishment of the Lifeguarding prerecs.

The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are
encouraged to check with your family health-care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent
participation in the activities, or if there are questions about fully participating in Junior Lifeguarding, please contact me to discuss this before the program begins.

To participate in Junior Lifeguarding, the following skills must be demonstrated :

  • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
  • Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs.
  • Show a level of comfort on the back by floating on the back for 30 seconds or swimming on the back for 25 yards using elementary back stroke or back crawl.
  • Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.

The skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the program.

Participants are recommended to wear swimwear under their clothes and bring a towel for the skills evaluation and for every class. After completing all of the Junior Lifeguarding course requirements and turning 15 years of age, participants will be prepared to enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course, where the knowledge and skills of a lifeguard will be taught.

Dates & Time

Spring 2021 | Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm, January 28th - April 29th

Students will meet on the Pool Deck unless otherwise instructed by the instructor.

Cost: $160

Partnership Students Registration Code: Berrien Partnership 0651BP or Niles Partnership 0651NP 

Contact Information
Phone: 269.471.6093 or 269.471.3257
Email: Program Coordinator au.poolprograms@gmail.com
  • Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we recognize it can be a challenge to plan and implement classes. Safety and quality are of great importance to us, and we will always strive to keep our patrons safe and engaged. Currently, we are planning for in-person classes and taking the recommendations of the Health Department and Red Cross in adjusting our teaching methods and practices to maintain social distancing as much as possible and to take care in cleaning the facility and equipment, planning for alternative options if needed, and implementing our classes. Please check back for updates, and we will reach out through phone and email when you register as well on any updates or changes. If we are required to go virtual with this class we can still meet via Zoom to go over our lessons and topics to prepare for the written portions of the lifeguard knowledge required when your child becomes old enough to get lifeguard certification. Thank you for your patience and support and we hope to see you soon! 

Fall Registration Opens December 6 Click here to Register