The New Orleans JCC offers Lifeguard classes conducted through the American Red Cross program. Participants must be at least 15 years of age to participate in the class and must attend all session dates.
American Red Cross Certifications & Training
This two-day class provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Blended learning class. Course length: 19 hours 30 minutes in-person and 7 hours 30 minutes online. Total - 27 hours. Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.
Prerequisites: Minimum age is 15 years; swim 300 yards continuously; tread water for two minutes using only the legs; complete a timed event within one minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or a ladder.
Please check back for future class dates, or contact Aquatics Director, Kathleen Kennair.
This course teaches entry-level shallow water lifeguard candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to five feet deep, and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Taught part in the water and part online, this blended learning course requires 18 hours of in-person instruction and 7.5 hours online.
Participants who demonstrate the above requirements will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, which is valid for two years.
Lifeguarding & Aquatics Jobs
As the Water Safety Instructor, you will teach all students in a logical progression of aquatic development, and teach each individual the basic knowledge and skills needed for safety in the water as well as advanced swimming techniques in all swimming strokes. Primary duties and responsibilities is to maintain safety of students at all times by administering and following aquatics center guidelines, provide swim instruction based on a logical progression of aquatics development, maintain neatness by returning all instructional items to designated storage spaces at the end of class, maintain appropriate paperwork including class roster, daily lesson plans, and course completion cards. Deliver quality swim lessons by maximizing class time and being in the water.
Instructors will be Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certificate or 2-3 years of experience teaching swim lessons required. Must possess excellent swimming skills and be able to swim 500 yards using the five basic strokes. Must be knowledgeable of all Red Cross levels of swimming and be able to communicate them clearly with all students.
Pool Greeter (15 years and older)
To exhibit a warm personality, have a positive attitude, and perform duties in accordance with the policies, goals, and objectives established by the JCC. This position will be assigned shifts, which usually will include shifts on either Saturday or Sunday. (Applicants with a religious justification for not working on one of the two weekend days should note their desire to work the other day.)
Seasonal Lifeguard (15 years and older)
Required Certifications: American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguarding, ARC First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Yearly Lifeguard (15 years and older)
Required Certifications: ARC Lifeguarding, ARC First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
Water Safety Instructor Aide (15 years and older)
To assist and aide the Water Safety Instructor in the American Red Cross Learn to Swim 8-week program.
Water Safety Instructor (16 years and older)
Required Certifications: ARC Water Safety Instructor. WSIs will be assigned 15 - 20 hours of various types of swimming lessons of ages 3 to adult.
Day Camp Water Safety Instructor (16 years and older)
Instructors for Day Camp are expected to be available Monday - Friday for the entire 8-week camp session (June and July), 8:45 AM -12:00 PM.
The New Orleans JCC is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants with a religious justification for not working on one of the two weekend days should note their desire to work the other day.
US Department of Labor regulations restrict the hours that a minor may work, therefore ages 17 and under will generally be assigned fewer hours than ages 18 and older.