We offer Red Cross lifeguard courses, a junior lifeguard program as well as baby sitting training classes. For more information, see below.


Lifeguard Training
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Participants will learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. Recognition and prevention of injuries, first aid, and CPR will also be taught. Upon successful completion of this course the participant will receive an American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Register online or contact us for more information at or (510) 559-7011

Classes for Spring/Summer 2019 available now!

All participants must be at least 15 years of age before the last day of class, be able to swim 300 yards continuously using freestyle or breast stroke, swim 20 yards before diving 7 feet and retrieving a 10 lb. brick in 1 minute 40 seconds, and be able to tread water for two minutes. Skills will be tested the first day of class. A computer and Internet access are necessary to complete the required online lessons prior to the class.


Looking for a great way to spend the summer? Become a Lifeguard at the El Cerrito Swim Center! City of El Cerrito Recreation Department is now hiring for Lifeguards and Swim Instructors. Please visit Job Opportunities to apply!


Junior Guards Jumping
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Our Junior Lifeguard Program is designed for youth ages 11 to 14 who love the water and hope to eventually become a certified lifeguard. Junior Lifeguard participants will receive training and certification in American Red Cross Guard Start, First Aid, CPR and Water Safety Instructor Aide.  This is an intensive program with a focus on aquatic safety, prevention of accidents, communication, team building, and customer service. We'll offer a spring break camp as well as summer camps.


American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training is a 6-hour interactive class for youth ages 11 to 14, in which participants learn by doing.  The course teaches how to:

Baby Sitting Class
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  •     Interview for a babysitting job
  •     Choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games
  •     Carry out basic care such as feeding, changing and holding
  •     Perform basic first aid
  •     Ensure a safe babysitting experience, and more.

Upon successful course completion participants will receive an American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training certificate.  If you have a Scout troop or group of 5 or more interested participants and would like to arrange a class please contact the Aquatics Staff. For dates and prices see the flyer below.

Babysitting Class Flyer