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LifeguardAmerican Red Cross Babysitter Training Course (Bridgewater Only)

This course provides individuals, ages 11 to 15, with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children.
This training helps participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism, basic care, safety and safe play and first aid. Must be at least 11 years old.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

This lifeguarding course provides skills and knowledge necessary to perform water rescue, as well as First Aid and CPR. Participants will receive an ARC Lifeguarding and First Aid, and CPR/AED for professional rescuer certificates. Curriculum includes classroom work, practical skills in water, practical skills on land, and two final written exams. Reading materials and rescue equipment are included.
To take the course, students must be 15 years of age by the end of the course. Proof of age will be required. Attendance at all classes is required.
Pretest: Passing pretest is required to take the course. Participants must swim 300 yards continuously as follows – 100 yards front crawl;
100 yards breaststroke; 100 yards front crawl or breaststroke. Swimming goggles may be used during the 300 yard swim. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits. Swim 20 yards, submerge 7 – 10 feet, retrieve a ten-pound brick, and swim 20 yards carrying the brick in both hands within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Goggles may not be worn during this swim.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Challenge Course (Recertification)

This course is for individuals who wish to update their Lifeguarding and CPR/AED certifications. All students must show proof of being a certified lifeguard within the previous four years. Curriculum includes only testing of the in-water practical skills, on-land practical skills and the two final written exams; it does not offer classroom work, reading materials, or rescue equipment. Participants must provide their own resuscitation mask. Please review all materials prior to taking the challenge.

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Course

This American Red Cross course covers adult CPR, infant CPR, child CPR, 2-rescuer CPR, Adult and Child AED, BVM and resuscitation masks. This course is  offered as a full course or a challenge.
-Course for first timers includes classroom work, practical skills, and final written exam. Reading materials and rescue equipment are included. Participants will receive an ARC CPR for professional rescuer certificate valid for two years.
-Course for those who have to update their skills. Requires a clear understanding and knowledge of the course materials. Curriculum includes testing of the practical skills and the final written exam; it does not offer classroom work, reading materials, or rescue equipment. Participants must provide their own resuscitation mask

Scuba Diving- Open Water Diver Certification (Bridgewater Only)

This four-week class is an entry level certification
program that is your ticket to scuba diving. The
program is sanctioned by PADI, the largest and most
recognized certifying agency in the world, through
a combination of academic work and in-water skills
sessions. You will learn how to become a safe,
confident, and capable scuba diver. You will also learn
how much fun it is to experience the wonder and
beauty of the underwater world. Instruction will be
provided by Underwater Adventures Dive Center,
(973) 258-1300. Fee includes program materials.
Requirements:
• Must be at least 10 years of age
• Be in overall good health
• Have basic swimming proficiency and be
comfortable in the water

Water Safety Instructor Course

This course trains instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross learn-to-swim and water-safety courses. Upon completion, students will be able to teach Learn to Swim levels 1 – 6, the Parent-Child aquatic program, and Basic Water Safety. Students will
also have the tools necessary to give aquatic safety presentations.
Prerequisites:
1. Show proof that Instructor Candidate will be at
least 16 years old by the last day of the course.
2. Be able to swim front crawl, back crawl,
breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke,
some butterfly, tread water, dive, and swim
underwater.
3. Show successful completion of the ARC FIT course.
(FIT course offered at no extra charge.)
please note: Students must attend all classes to
complete the course.

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