American Red Cross Programs


Lifeguard & Swimming

Recreational Sports

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Non-Credit Lifeguarding/Waterfront Renewal

One day upgrade workshop open to individuals holding current Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid certification. Individuals must pass written test, prerequisite swim test and all Lifeguard/ Waterfront/ first aid skills. Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer certifications is good for two years. NYS requires CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer to be renewed annually.

Fall 2017 Waterfront/Lifeguard Training Renewal

  • Date: November 19th, 11am - 4pm
  • Register by November 17th 

Spring 2018 Waterfront/Lifeguard Training Renewal

  • Date: April 8th , 11am - 4pm
  • Register by April 13th  

Who May Enroll?

Open to certified lifeguards who have current certifications in lifeguard training/waterfront/First Aid and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer.

General Information

Cost: $100.00. Participants can review for written tests and skills by going to e-book Lifeguard Manual. Click on Lifeguard manual

Course Format:

  1. Three written tests (participants must pass each section at 80%)  Lifeguard Skills, CPR/AED for professional Rescuers/First Aid & Waterfront
  2. Go to to review for test. 
  3. Swim test:
    Please bring personal lock for securing your belongings during pool session  of workshop.  
    1. 550 yards (200 Front Crawl with rhythmic breathing, 200 Breast (using pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence), 150 Front Crawl or Breast) 
    2. 20 yard swim, surface dive to retrieve a 10# brick from depth of 7-10 feet and swim back (1 minute 40 seconds)
    3. Two minute tread, legs only
    4. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water; resurface and swim 5 yards to side of the pool. 
  4. Testing of all lifeguard skills
  5. Testing of all CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer skills.

How to Register

  1. Download the Lifeguard Training Renewal Form (pdf file size 60.1kb). Note: This document requires Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.
  2. Bring enrollment form, registration fee, and copy of current certifications in Lifeguard training/First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Waterfront to 312 Memorial Hall
  3. Enrollments will be accepted Monday - Friday (7:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
  4. Checks must be made payable to SUNY Plattsburgh
  5. Mail enrollment form, registration fee and copy of current certifications to:  Recreation Department, Attention: Beth Shaughnessy, Memorial Hall 312, 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
  6. Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come-first-enrolled basis.
  7. Individual will only be contacted if we are unable to enroll you.


Contact Information

For more information about Recreational Sports at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Karen Waterbury, Recreational Sports Associate Director
312 Memorial Hall
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-4150
Fax: (518) 564-4155
Email: [email protected]