Lifeguard Training

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, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
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
Register online or contact us for more information at or (510) 559-7011

Classes for Spring and Summer 2019 available now!

Lifeguard TrainingPhoto by Evan Clark


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 Guard ProgramPhoto by Stephen Dunkle

Junior Lifeguard Program
Activity 733731
$180 Resident / $225 Non-Resident

Junior Lifeguard Program

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.
Pre-requisites: Swim 200 yards non-stop demonstrating Freestyle and Breaststroke. Tread water for 2 minutes.

Summer camp is divided into four one-week session with a new topic each week. Campers who successfully complete all four weeks and are 13-14 years old may apply to volunteer alongside our lifeguards and swim instructors.

Week 2: 6/17-6/21 - Basic Water Rescue & Watch the Water
Week 3: 6/24-6/28 - CPR & AED: Shock 'em
Week 5: 7/8-7/12 - First Aid Bumps & Bruises
Week 6: 7/15-7/26 - Stroke School: Stroke Improvement & Intro to Aiding Swim lessons

Babysitter's Training - Babysitting Basics

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:

  •     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. No current classes scheduled.

Babysitting ClassPhoto by Stephen Dunkle