When is the next course?
Check our website for a listing of courses or call Le Club Recreation center at 540.289.4987.
What if you don't have the class I want right now?
If we do not have a class set up, or a specific class does not meet your schedule, your name, phone number and e-mail address will be added to an inquiry list. Once a class is set up, we will call you with the class information, at which time, you may sign up for the class. We can also fax, e-mail or "snail mail" the course syllabus.
Can I get a refund if I fail the pre-course?
The $25 Registration Fee is non-refundable. You may transfer to the next course for no additional charge. Remember, you have access to any of the pools while you are training for the pre-course session. The pre-course is part of the lifeguard training class. It is required to get into the Lifeguard Training R.17 course.
Can I get a refund if I fail the course?
No. Having taken the course, you will not receive a refund if you fail the course.
If I take the class, am I automatically hired?
That depends on a couple of different factors.
- Where are we in our hiring status? Massanutten hires lifeguards throughout the year.
- Your professionalism and performance in the class is a factor.
- Participants taking the class as a "potential employee" are required to fill out the Lifeguard Training Agreement on the first night of class.
What is the starting rate for lifeguards?
You can find out more about employment at Massanutten Resort here. If you need more information, please e-mail the Aquatics Operation Manager.
I have already taken the course, but have lost my cards. Do I have to retake the course?
You can do one of two things.
- If you know that your certification has not lapsed, then you may contact the certifying agency and ask for new cards.
- You may also sign up for a recertification class. However, you must be within a 30 day period of the expiration of the certification. If you fail the recertification, then you must retake the entire course. If you are taking a recertification and your cards have not lapsed, then you may attempt recertification more than once.
How long does it take to get certified?
The course requires 33 hours of lecture, video, skills and group discussions. Additional time might be required for Administering Emergency Oxygen and Preventing Disease Transmission.
If I am already certified in CPR, do I have to take it again?
Yes. Knowledge of CPR is an essential part of being a Lifeguard. To receive a Lifeguard certification, the instructor must certify that they have conducted the CPR session with the participant. The new Lifeguard Training R.17 program includes all base-level certifications on one certification card.
What certifications can I get?
American Red Cross has changed the lifeguard training program so that we may be able to customize the lifeguard training program. We teach the Lifeguard Training R.17 with the addition of the Waterpark Skills Module R.17. At the completion of this course you will receive certifications in Lifeguarding/WaterPark/CPR/AED/FA R.17. You will be able to lifeguard at waterparks (that accept American Red Cross) as well as the typical, static, flat-water pools.
How long does the certification last?
The Lifeguarding/Waterpark/CPR/AED/FA R.17 and Administering Emergency Oxygen module are both valid for 2 years.
What do I need to bring with me to the first class and following classes?
The first class you will need a swim suit, towels, warm clothes, proof of age, goggles, writing utensil and course book (if you were given one when you paid for the class or you will get one the first night after the pre-course). You will need a parent or guardian to sign a Release Waiver if you are under 18 years of age. All items other than your proof of age are needed at every class.
Is there any additional training to work at the WaterPark?
Yes. If you have just the Lifeguarding/CPR/AED/FA, you will have to go through the WaterPark Skills Module R.17. This will be arranged with the hiring manager/scheduler upon hiring. If you have the current Lifeguarding/WaterPark/CPR/AED/FA R.17 certification, you will need to go through an orientation and shadow shifts at each facility, which is arranged at the hiring interview.
What if I can't make it to one of the classes?
It is a requirement to make it to all classes. If you are sick on a class day, we expect notification of the illness. We will attempt to make the class up in any way possible, but it is first and foremost the participant's responsibility to make it to all sessions in a timely manner. In order to make up a session, you may have to come in an additional day or more to make up the material missed. The final tests may have to be pushed back to the next session, etc.
If I pass the course, can I pick the place that I want to work?
All lifeguards are considered Massanutten Resort lifeguards. They will work among all 3 facilities: LeClub Recreation Center, Woodstone Meadows Recreation Center, and Massanutten WaterPark.
I am already a certified Lifeguard Instructor (or Water Safety Instructor) and I would like to take the class to be an Instructor-Trainer. Can I do that with you?
No, to apply to be an instructor trainer with the American Red Cross:
- Submit verification of a current basic-level certification in the specialty (required for Workplace First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Trainer Applicants) or, for Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer Candidates complete a skills check with a currently certified Red Cross instructor or instructor trainer in the specialty area within 90 days of submitting the IT application.
Submit one of the following with the IT application:
- A signed skills check verification form (Option for Lifeguard Instructor Trainer Applicants only), this form can be found on Instructor’s Corner.
- A copy of a current basic-level certification.
- Complete and submit the ONLINE Instructor Trainer Application (found on Instructor’s Corner) a PDF copy is available for you to review offline, but only ONLINE applications will be accepted.
- Complete an interview with a Red Cross representative. An interview will be scheduled and conducted with each candidate. Please plan for up to 2 weeks for the application and interview process to be completed.
To become an instructor trainer (after your application has been approved)
- Register for the appropriate Red Cross Instructor Trainer Academy. Registration is required 4 weeks in advance of the academy.
- Complete the precourse work assignments prior to attending the academy.
- Be prepared for and actively participate in all course sessions at a Red Cross Instructor Trainer Academy.
- Successfully complete all class activities, including all required practice-teaching assignments.
- Demonstrate instructor-level skill proficiency throughout the academy in performing, teaching and demonstrating skills.
- Demonstrate competency in classroom presentation skills, recognizing deficiencies in skill and teaching performance of students, and providing appropriate corrective feedback
- Score at least 80 percent on the Instructor Trainer final written exam
Upon successful completion of the IT Academy, the candidate will receive an Instructor Trainer certification, valid for 2 years.
What if I fail the pre-course on the LGI or the WSI?
You will be asked to work on skills that were challenging to you during the pre-course session. You may sign up for a later course.
What do I have to do to maintain certification as an instructor?
To be re-authorized as a Water Safety Instructor, instructors must teach or co-teach at least one course of record from the list provided below within their validity period, successfully complete an in-person LGI/LGIT review course prior to your expiration date AND complete all applicable course updates (as communicated) prior to update deadline.
- Learn to Swim Level 1 - 6
- Pre-School Aquatics 1 – 3
- Parent and Child Aquatics Level 1 or 2
To be re-authorized as a Lifeguard Instructor, instructors must teach or co-teach at least one Lifeguard course of record each year within their validity period AND complete an online assessment.