American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard Certification TRAINING DURING COVID-19

The following information was provided by the American Red Cross on Friday, April 17, 2020 via an online meeting among Red Cross professional staff, instructor trainers and instructors.  These help to provide guidance for conducting training, dealing with re certifications and initial training. 


120 DAY EXTENSIONS are granted on all ARC certifications which may expire between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.  These include Lifeguarding, Waterfront, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) /Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for Professional Rescuer, and First Aid. These are for basic (student) certifications. This is not automatic so students (your lifeguards) must do one of the following:



The date of the extension starts on the date of the expiration on each student’s original cert. IE.  Cert expires on 03/15/20 but completes extension requirements on 04/30/20; the extension will be until 09/15/20. (120 days from expiration date.)

The New Jersey State Department of Health has accepted and approved the above, but please remember,



It is up to individual facilities to accept above extensions or not.

It is highly recommended that upon our communities returning to a semblance of normal and/or aquatic facilities opening, that regular certification training resume.

The above 120 Day Extension does not apply to Instructors or Instructor Trainers. They have already been extended until September 30, 2020.

Lifeguard Management certification, which is required under the NJ PRB for Pool Director Certification, is not applicable for the above 120 Day Extension.  This course can be taken online and then a written proctored exam must be administered.  We are awaiting further instructions on how to administer the proctored exam.



These are blended learning courses which students can take on line for First Aid, CPR/AED, and BLS.  The student enrolls via the Red Cross website and completes all of the online requirements for the course except for the practical skills. The student is issued a Provisional Certificate which now allows the student up to 90 days to attend an Instructor led skills session and testing.  This certification states that the student has completed all academic, classroom and learning requirements except for practical skills sessions and testing.  Once the skills have been tested, the certification is valid for up to 27 months. 

Instructors can set up blended learning courses for students online with the Red Cross and then send instructions to students on how to access. 



Students can have skills sessions and testing via Virtual Skills Practice and Testing. However, each student and instructor must have their own manikin, AED, CPR mask, and any other equipment and supplies normally used in skills practice and testing.  The instructor is present via real time visual monitor to be able to evaluate, correct, and test skills and be able to answer questions and provide feedback immediately.  IE. Via Zoom, Facetime, etc. Instructors must have the capability to evaluate on a one to one basis with the student.

The drawback here is that both the student and instructor must have the identical equipment and supplies and may pose a logistics problem.  Instructors can have a maximum of 12 students for this training at the same time. All manikins and equipment must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use.

The Virtual Skills Practice & Testing is an interim process and not a permanent solution. It will not be continued after the COVID-19 restrictions.  It should be primarily used for those students who need to have certifications related to their employment or necessity.


Author: R. D. Carlson, Director Marine Services

Lake Mohawk Marine Patrol

NJCOLA Advisor

April 18, 2020


NJ Invasive Species Plants

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has identified invasive species plants in NJ through its website:  Fact sheets are offered for each invasive species. .

One invasive species plant pictured here is the Eurasian water-milfoil, which grows in lakes, low-energy areas of rivers, and other bodies of fresh to brackish water. It is tolerant of pollutants and establishes readily in disturbed habitats and habitats where indigenous plants are growing poorly. Eurasian water-milfoil begins growing earlier in spring than most indigenous aquatic plants, and quickly forms a dense canopy that out-competes surrounding vegetation. To learn more about European Milfoil and control methods, go to:


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