Lifeguard Certification

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Certification


The City of Fernandina Beach typically offers American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses during the early spring of each year, usually during March.  Scheduling is dependent upon weather and may depend on local public school holidays.  Successful completion of this entry-level pool lifeguard training includes Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens certifications (beach lifeguarding and beach lifeguard training is administered through the Fernandina Beach Fire Department - email Hanes Cavender, Ocean Rescue Supervisor, for more information:  hcavender@fbfl.org).  Rarely are courses offered after March due to facility scheduling conflicts, as public usage of our pools increases throughout the spring and summer.

Certifications are valid for 2 years from the completion dates of the courses.  These are pre-requisite certifications, required to apply for most pool lifeguarding positions.  Participation and certification in no way imply that you will be hired as a lifeguard, only that you may apply for posted positions.

You may contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 904-310-3350 from October through December to get your name and contact information on a call-back list for upcoming scheduled courses.

April 2019 Certification Course - April 25th-28th

Pre-tests will be administered at the Atlantic Center Pool (each prospective participant must pass a swimming pre-test in order to enroll for the full course) during the first in-person class session on April 25th.
 
Full course dates and times at the Atlantic Recreation Center (classroom and skills; all sessions required):  April 25th and 26th from 5:00-9:00pm; April 27th from 9:00am-6:00pm; April 28th from 8:00am-6:00pm.

Course fee (non-refundable):  $159 City residents, $199 Non-City
Includes certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid, as well as a pocket mask and hip pack for each participant.    

For an informational flyer, click on the following link:  April 2019 Lifeguard Certification Course