Red Cross Waterfront only Module



  • Course Description
  • Pre-course requirements
  • Course Dates & Times
  • Fees & Class Registration Link 
  • Facility Locations

American Red Cross Waterfront Course Description

Red Cross Waterfront Module is designed to train pool lifeguards in working non-surf beaches. You will be trained in using mask & fins, searching shallow & deep water areas, and using a rescue board. Training will occur in both pool and waterfront. Upon successful completion of this course (including written and rescue skills testing), you will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Waterfront Training certificate which is only valid with a current Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate. Participants should provide their own mask and fins if they plan to work at a waterfront.

Pre-course Requirements

Anyone taking any American Red Cross Lifeguarding course MUST successfully complete the pre-course requirements.

  • Ability to pass swim 550 yards (22 lengths) continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing) using front crawl or breaststroke. Goggles allowed.
  • Tread water for two (2) minutes using only the legs (hands under arms)
  • Complete within 1 minute, 40 seconds: From shallow end of pool, swim 20 yards, surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object from the deep end of pool, return to starting point holding brick with both hands while keeping face out of water, and exit water without using ladder or steps. Goggles NOT allowed. YOU NEED TO OPEN YOUR EYES UNDERWATER (Contact lens wearers be aware of this)
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards. Goggles NOT allowed.

Dates & Times

        Sunday June 18
                          9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Pool) [Swim Assessment and Pool Waterfront Skills]
                          12:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Musante Beach Waterfront) [Beach Waterfront Skills]

Fees  (includes $25 non-refundable pre-course swimming test and all other materials)

                      Waterfront Only: Northampton Residents $125 Non-Residents $145
          (Waterfront participant should provide their own mask & fins if their area does deep water search and rescue) 

Pre-registration required, as space is limited

Click Here to Register for an Aquatics Class

Facility Locations

POOL: Aquatic & Family Center at JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence, MA 01062
(Enter through back of the building, rear glass doors across from the tennis courts)

BEACH WATERFRONT: David B. Musante Beach: 85 Reservoir Road, Leeds, MA 01053

Pre-registration required, space is limited, and a minimum number is required to run this class.

Click Here for Lifeguarding Manual

Written Test Will Cover Parts of Chapter 6 in Lifeguarding Manual
Sections 6-4 & 6-5 pages 153-160
Water Rescue Skills pages 190-197

Please review the waterfront skills video below

Click Here for Waterfront Skills Video

Call the Parks & Recreation Office, 413-587-1040, if you have any questions