American Red Cross Programs


Lifeguard & Swimming

Recreational Sports

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Non-Credit Lifeguard/Waterfront Training

Successful completion of all components of the course (Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid & CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer) will allow a student to apply for any lifeguard position in a pool or waterfront.

Cost: $225.00. If student fails prerequisite swim test, registration fee will be refunded. Once enrolled there will be no refunds.

Course Schedules:


Spring 2018 Lifeguard Training Course:

  • Dates of Course: April 10th - May 1st : Tuesdays (6:00pm - 9pm) & Sundays (10am - 4pm).   Registration accepted until class is full (16 students).     

General Information

  • Passing all course requirements will certify the student in Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid (2 year certification) and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer (2 year certification, but CPR must be renewed every year to  work in NYS)
  • Who May Enroll? Must be 15 years of age and course is open to the public
  • Cost: $225.00 (Includes course fees and materials)
  • Attendance Policy: To qualify for certification, students must attend all classes. NO ABSENCES

Pre-Swim Test

  • Participants must pass swim test given first class period
  • 550 yards (200 front crawl with rhythmic breathing, 200 breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence, 150 either front crawl or breaststroke)
  • 20 yard swim, surface dive to retrieve a 10# brick from depth of 7-10 feet and swim back (1 minute 40 seconds)
  • Tread water 2 minutes, legs only
  • 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.

How to Register

  • Download the Lifeguard Training Enrollment Form (pdf file size 58.9kb) Note: this document requires Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.
  • Bring enrollment form and registration fee to 314 Memorial Hall (main office). View campus map.
  • Enrollments will be accepted Monday - Friday (7:30 a.m. - 3:30)
  • Checks must be made payable to:  SUNY Plattsburgh 
  • Mail enrollment form and registration fee to:
    Department of Recreation
    c/o Beth Shaughnessy

    SUNY Plattsburgh
    101 Broad Street
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come-first-enrolled basis.
  • You will only be contacted if we are unable to enroll the student.


Contact Information

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

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

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