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2019 Lifeguard Training

Courses Include: Introduction and organization, injury prevention, rules and regulations, emergency planning, first aid, practical skills, and a written test. The surf course includes an additional 8 hours of training on special conditions of ocean lifeguarding. (Both these courses have been approved by the New York State Health Department as meeting the state’s guidelines for lifeguard training.)

Age: Anyone age 16 or over who wishes to work as a lifeguard. Above average swimming ability and physical condition required. Any individual who has not completed a state-approved lifeguard training program, as well as anyone whose previous certification has been expired for more than 12 months, must complete a full course in order to be certified to work as a lifeguard in Suffolk County.

Fee: Residents $200 Non-Residents $250

Place: Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Ave. St. Joseph’s College pool & Ponquogue Beach. Students will be given schedule at first class.

PLEASE NOTE: CPR training & testing must be completed in addition to either course. You must register separately for CPR and space is limited. We suggest you register for CPR when you register for lifeguard training.

2019 Lifeguard & CPR Training Dates

SURF COURSE (14 classes) - Program 1:

  • May 14,16, 23, 30  |  6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • May 21 & 28   |  7:30-10:00 p.m.
  • June 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, & 13  |  5:00-7:30 p.m.

Test 1: Saturday, June 15  |  8:00 a.m.  |  Ponquogue Beach
Test 2: Saturday, June 22  |  8:00 a.m.  |  Ponquogue Beach


NON-SURF COURSE (6 classes) - Program 2:

  • May 14, 16, 23 & 30  |  6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • May 21 & 28  |  7:30-10:00 p.m.

Test 1: Friday, May 31  |  6:00-7:30 p.m.  |  St. Joseph’s College
Test 2: Friday, June 7  |  6:00-7:30 p.m.  |  St. Joseph’s College


SURF COURSE - Program 3:

  • July 2, 9, 11, 16 & 23  |  6:00-10:00 p.m.  |  Hampton Bays Community Center
  • Dates, times & locations for practical portion TBA

Test: Thursday, July 25  |  8:00 am  |  Ponquogue Beach

All classes/test are held rain or shine



Lifeguard C.P.R. Training

As the Town recognizes the need for lifeguards other than our own to become C.P.R. certified at this time of year, a limited number of spaces will be made available in these courses to lifeguards who do not work for the Town of Southampton. Course includes training in the use of AEDs.

Full Course
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Must attend all three classes)
Place: Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue
Course 1: May 6, 8 & 10
Course 2: May 13, 15 & 17
Course 3: July 3, 5 & 10

Fees: Residents $90 Non-Residents $110 (Includes book fee)

Please Note:
You must have received your CPR certification through one of our CPR training courses in order to be eligible to renew your certification through one of our re-certification courses.

Re-Certification Courses
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (All Classes)
Place: Hampton Bays Community Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue
Fee: Residents $40 Non-Residents $60

  • Course 1: Monday, April 29 
  • Course 2: Wednesday, May 1
  • Course 3: Monday, May 20 
  • Course 4: Wednesday, May 22
  • Course 5: Wednesday, May 29 
  • Course 6: Monday, June 3
  • Course 7: Monday, June 10 
  • Course 8: Monday, June 17
  • Course 9: Friday, June 28

** Note Course 1 & 2 need 9+ years to enroll, Course 5 & 8 need 6+ years, Course 6 need 3 or less years. Course 3, 4, 7 & 9 open to all.**

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