Lifeguarding & Water Safety Instructor Classes in Forest Hills

Are you a great swimmer who wants to help oversee water safety? Commonpoint Queens offers American Red Cross Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor Certification!

American Red Cross Lifeguarding

If you are able to swim 300 yards (12 lengths); continuously (100 yards of each) crawl, breast and side stroke; retrieve a ten-pound submerged object from a minimum seven-foot depth; and tread water for two minutes, you can become a lifeguard.

Upon successful completion of the class, participants will acquire Red Cross Lifeguard and First Aid Certification; CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

We also offer a Motzei Shabbat Lifeguarding Class for women only!

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification

If you are at least 16 and a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and teach swimming and water safety courses!

As a Water Safety Instructor (WSI), you can:

  • Teach skills that can save lives
  • Gain valuable work experience as an aquatics professional
  • Earn money—or join a volunteer team—while you help people learn aquatics skills
  • Learn organizational and presentation skills that can help you in any career
  • Teach kids to swim, help adults refine their strokes and/or teach diving safety techniques
  • Help prepare swim coaches to prevent and respond to emergency situations
  • Make a difference in people’s lives


Minimum age of 16 before the final scheduled session (proof required).

Must demonstrate the following Level IV* skills according to the Stroke Performance Charts:

  • 25 yards front crawl
  • 25 yards back crawl
  • 25 yards breaststroke
  • 25 yards elementary backstroke
  • 25 yards sidestroke
  • 15 yards butterfly
  • tread water for 1 minute
  • maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water.

For information please call Lior Harpaz, Aquatics Director, at 718-268-5011 ext. 502 or email [email protected]