Certifications & Employment

In addition to a variety of recreational and fitness programs, the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center offers Red Cross certification courses.

For specific programs and dates, check the Spring 2018  Activities Guide, pages 35-39.

Basic Water Rescue

Ages 10 and up

This course provides individuals with the information and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies It helps prepare individuals for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves when assisting others. This course is not a substitute for Lifeguarding Certification; however, this course is excellent for camp counselors, day care providers, health and fitness facility employees, and others who are around water on a regular basis. Course pre-requisites: Successful completion of Red Cross Level V Learn to Swim Class or equivalent.

 

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED

Ages 12 and up

Become certified in American Red Cross adult and pediatric first aid, CPR, and AED. Learn the skills you would need to respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies so you can save a life! This course will include lecture, videos, and hands on practice. You will also be provided with your own key chain breathing barrier and a $35 certification. Certifications last for two years from the course date.

 

Lifeguarding

Ages 15 and up

Get a jump start on your future by training to be a lifeguard! This course is a blended learning opportunity which allows students to have in-person water, first aid and CPR/AED skills training paired with online learning sessions.

Note: Class times do not reflect online learning sessions. Course pre-requisites: Ability to swim 12 continuous laps, tread water for 2 minutes, retrieve a 10 lb. brick from 10 ft. of water and swim 15 yards with the brick held above water.

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Ages 16 and up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be qualified to teach American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim courses and issue corresponding certifications. This course is a blended learning opportunity which will allow students to have in-person water training paired with online learning sessions. Note: Class times do not reflect required online learning sessions. An additional $35 non-refundable fee, payable to the American Red Cross will be due following the first class session. Course pre-requisites: Successful completion of Red Cross Level IV Learn to Swim Class, 1 minute back float, 1 minute of treading water.

Employment Opportunities

The City of Pleasanton Community Services Department is currently recruiting for Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors for year-round programs. You may apply for these positions before obtaining the required certifications, but must obtain your American Red Cross certification(s) before you can work.

Cashiers and Swim Coaches are also sought for seasonal summer employment.

To learn more about the positions or to apply, please visit the City of Pleasanton Employment page.