Training

Junior Guard ProgramPhoto by Stephen Dunkle

Junior guard Camp

Ages 11-14 years old
Join our new and improved Junior Guard Camp! Junior Guard Camp provides campers with training on all the basics of the Red Cross Lifeguarding class. Each week will focus on a different topic ranging from CPR to Water Rescues to Swim Lessons. On Fridays, join the El Cerrito Swim Center staff in their weekly staff training. After camp ends for the day, campers are welcome to stay for rECswim from 12:30pm-3pm.

Prerequisites: Swim 200 yards in deep water in freestyle and breaststroke, tread water for two minutes.

Register online or contact us for more information at recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or (510) 559-7011

Fees: $175 Resident / $219 Non-Resident
$159 Res / $198 NRes (wk4)

Times: Monday - Friday 9am-12pm (rECswim from 12:30pm-3pm)

Wk 2: 6/20-6/24: Water Rescues - 733731-02
This week’s focus will be water rescues. Campers will learn the skills of nonswimming rescues and assists, water entries and approaches, and in-water rescues. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Water Rescues and the American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue.

Wk 3: 6/27-7/17: Adult CPR/AED - 733731-03
This week’s focus will be Adult CPR and AED. Campers will learn the skills of what to do in an emergency with an adult that is not breathing and has no pulse, plus how to use an AED. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Adult CPR/AED and the American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED.

Wk 4: 7/5-7/8: Child/Infant CPR - 733731-04
This week’s focus will be Child and Infant CPR. Campers will learn the skills of what to do in an emergency with a child or infant that is not breathing and has no pulse. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Child/Infant CPR and the American Red Cross Child/Infant CPR.

Wk 5:7/11-7/15: First Aid - 733731-05
This week’s focus will be First Aid. Campers will learn the skills of how to treat varies injuries and illness. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard First Aid and the American Red Cross First Aid.

Wk 6: 7/18-7/22: Spinal Management - 733731-06
This week’s focus will be Spinal Management. Campers will learn the skills of how to treat a spinal injury both on land and in the water. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Spinal Management.

Wk 7: 7/25-7/29: Oxygen - 733731-07
This week’s focus will be administering Oxygen. Campers will learn the skills of how to use an oxygen tank, the different types of delivery systems, and when oxygen is needed in an emergency. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Oxygen and the American Red Cross Administering Emergency Oxygen*.
*Must have American Red Cross Adult, Child, or Infant CPR certification.

Wk 8: 8/1-8/5: Jr. WSI - 733731-08
This week’s focus will be Water Safety Instruction. Campers will learn the skills of how to teach El Cerrito Swim Lessons, plus work on their own stroke development. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Jr. WSI.

Wk 9: 8/8-8/12: Golden Guard - 733731-09
This week’s focus will be putting all skills together in the ultimate Golden Guard course! Campers will bring together all previous skills of water rescues, CPR, First Aid, Spinal Management, Oxygen, and Swim Lessons. Campers will receive a certification in El Cerrito Junior Guard Golden Guard and the American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding*.
*Must participate in all previous courses to receive American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding certification.

Lifeguard Training

Ages 15+ years

Participants will learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. Certification includes Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and Administering Emergency Oxygen.

Pre-requisites: 15 years of age by last day of class. 300 yard swim non-stop demonstrating Freestyle and Breaststroke. Tread water using legs only for 2 minutes. Swim 20 yards, retrieve 10lb brick from 7 feet of water, swim back, place brick on deck and climb out of pool without using stairs within 1 minutes and 40 seconds.
An online pre-course must be completed before the first day of class.

Currently, Lifeguarding Classes are only available to participants that are being hired as a Lifeguard for the City of El Cerrito Recreation Department. Information on hiring and the process will be available in March of 2022.