OUTDOOR POOLS CLOSED, Thursday, June 8, due to the poor air quality that is not safe for our members or staff.  Please check the JCC Aquatics Hotline before coming in on inclement weather and poor air quality days at 410.559.3530.  

Shabbat candle lighting: 8:12pm

Aquatics Certifications

For information, please contact certifications@jcc.org or 410.559.3530.

From prepping young teens to be Junior Lifeguards to training future Lifeguard Instructors, our American Red Cross certification courses at the JCC are designed to make sure participants are prepared for a myriad of life-threatening situations and, where appropriate, are also certified to help others succeed.

Classes are offered on a regular basis and include: Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Review, Lifeguard Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review, Water Safety Instructor and NSPF Pool Op Certificate. 

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Aquatics Certifications

Junior Lifeguarding
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Designed for ages 11-14, Junior Lifeguarding has a strong focus on developing swimming skills to help participants meet the Lifeguarding course prerequisite. The course also introduces participants to lifesaving skills, such as in-water rescues, use of a rescue tube, and first aid, CPR and AED. Participants also have the opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation to get a real sense of being on the job. Prerequisites: Swim 25 yds each of front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for 1 min, swim 25 yds of back crawl or elementary backstroke (or float on back for 30 sec), swim 10 ft submerged under water. 

For questions or to register call the Aquatics Hotline: 410.559.3530

Lifeguard Training
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Provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. To be eligible, candidates must be 15 on or before the final scheduled class meeting and satisfactorily complete the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation (swim 300 yds using breaststroke and/or front crawl, tread water for 2 minutes with only the legs, timed brick retrieval from deep water). Must attend all class meetings. Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate issued upon successful completion of the course, valid for 2 years.

For more information, contact certifications@jcc.org or 410.559.3530 for additional information.

Lifeguarding Review
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The Lifeguarding Review Course allows currently certified lifeguards the opportunity to review the content of the Lifeguard course in a classroom setting in about half the time of a full lifeguarding course. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding Review course will receive new certificates in American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. Must be able to pass prerequisite swimming skills evaluation (300yd swim, 2min tread without use of arms, timed brick retrieval).


For more information, contact certifications@jcc.org or 410.559.3530.

Lifeguarding Instructor
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The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor course trains instructor candidates to teach the basic-level ARC Lifeguarding courses. To be eligible for the instructor course, instructor candidates must be 17 years of age on or before the final scheduled course meeting, possess a current base-level ARC certificate in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, successfully complete the online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course prior to the precourse skills session, and demonstrate skill competency in the precourse session.

For more information, contact Rebecca Chinsky at rchinsky@jcc.org or 410.559.3542

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Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review
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The Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer review course is an abbreviated recertification course for currently certified instructors and instructor trainers. The purpose of the course is to allow participants to review the course content and practice skills in a formal class setting and complete the final written exam. To participate in the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer review course, the individual must possess and provide proof of a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED instructor or instructor trainer certificate.

For more information, contact Rebecca Chinsky at rchinsky@jcc.org or 410.559.3542



Water Safety Instructor
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The American Red Cross (ARC) Water Safety Instructor Course provides instructor candidates the training needed to teach courses in the ARC Swimming and Water Safety Program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress. Prerequisites: you must be 16 years of age by the last day of the class and successfully complete a test of swimming skills prior to beginning the class.

For more information, please contact certifications@jcc.org or 410.559.3530.

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