CLASSES – Aquatics – Professional Certificates 2017-11-17T16:44:59+00:00

Professional Certificates

With our lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries. The Red Cross blends both traditional lecture style along with crucial hands-on training in order to teach you effective techniques to deliver prompt care to those in need.

Good To Know

MatchPoint NYC is an Authorized Provider for the American Red Cross. We’ve been certifying Lifeguards since 2014 and Water Safety Instructors (WSI) since 2017. These Professional Certificates are valid in all 50 states and give an opportunity to work in any privately owned and operated pools, water parks and beaches.

Lifeguard Certification

MatchPoint NYC trains their own Lifeguards to ensure the highest quality of service.


Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.


  • Minimum age: 15
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

To successfully complete the course candidates must attend all training sessions, pass two written tests (80% or higher) and in-water scenarios (completed to the objective). At course completion, candidates will receive a certificate in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR & AED. The certificate is valid for two years, some restrictions apply for New York State.

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program includes:

• The latest science in emergency cardiovascular and resuscitative care as well as leading drowning and response research.
• Efficient extrication techniques to remove passive victims from the water.
• Efficient, safe water rescue techniques providing options for the variety of aquatic facility types and characteristics.
• Training in individual response with a strong focus on team response.
• Timed standards for successful course completion resulting in the creation of strong lifeguards.
• Course options, such as traditional in-person training or blended learning.
• Zone testing drills for lifeguards and managers.
• Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course.
• Training options to meet the needs of aquatic facilities including pools, waterparks, aquatic attractions and non-surf waterfronts.
• Two-year certification for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

Minimum class size is 5 people, maximum is 10


MatchPoint NYC trains their own Water Safety Instructors to ensure the higest quality of service.

This course trains Water Safety Instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Satefy program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. The courses and presentations include Parent and Child Aquatics Levels 1 and 2, Preschool Aquatics Levels 1-3, Learn to Swim Levels 1-6 (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), three adult courses as well as the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses and more. To enroll, instructor candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course and successfully complete the precourse session which includes demonstration of swimming skill at Learn to Swim Level 4 (Intermediate).

Candidates must attend all training sessions, complete four practice-teaching assignments, and submit a written lesson plans.

At course completion, candidates will receive a Water Safety Instructor certificate, which will be valid for two years.

Minimum class size is 5 people, maximum is 10.

Minimum class size is 5 people, maximum is 10

For most up to date schedule and prices please download application.

What You’ll Learn

During our swim instructor certification training courses you’ll learn how to help individuals enjoy their time in the water safely – and in a wide range of ways. Throughout the courses we’ll focus on a number of key areas that can help you succeed as aquatics instructor, such as:

  • Water safety at public pools, homes, natural bodies of water and more, including the Circle of Drowning Prevention and Chain of Drowning Survival.
  • Hydrodynamics, including why some things float, resistance to movement and creating movement in water, swimming efficiency and laws of levers.
  • Basic safety, survival and swimming skills to help children gain water competency.
  • Helping people with disabilities and other health conditions enjoy the water safely.
  • Helping people with disabilities and other health conditions enjoy the water safely.
Water Safety Instructors will also learn how to teach:
  • Higher-level swim skills that help prepare people of all ages for any aquatic activity.
  • Stroke mechanics for all competitive strokes as well as starts, turns and headfirst entries.

Our Instructors

Valeriya Curinnaia
Valeriya CurinnaiaLifeguard Instructor/ Water Safety Instructor Trainer
Full Swimming Scholarship Recipient at Queens College (CUNY)/ NCAA Division 2/ Master of Sport
Swimming Coach/ Instructor since 2007
ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Organization) Level 2
Experienced and Motivational Coach for all levels and age groups
Builds disciplined and aspiring young champions.