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Red Cross Programs

The Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute, Inc. (BRAINS) is a Proud Provider of the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. For more information call us at (347) 267-9469

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes are offered during BRAINS' Summer Program.
Red Cross Learn-to-Swim features six levels of instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their skills:

  • Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

  • Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

  • Level 3 - Stroke Development

  • Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

  • Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

  • Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency

(Participants are grouped by skill level displayed within each 9-10 day course and may be moved to other groups as new skills are acquired. )


Water Safety Instructor Training - may be offered starting in February if enough enrollment. Call before end of January!

Here are just a few of the many reasons to become a certified Water Safety Instructor

  • Gain valuable work experience in the professional aquatic field

  • Earn money or join a volunteer team while you help people learn to swim

  • Gain the respect of your peers

  • Learn organizational, presentation and communication skills that will help you in any career

  • Make a difference in others’ lives as well as your own

  • Teach skills that may save a life

  • Minimum age 16


Lifeguard Training  - starts first Saturday in February

LIFEGUARDING - A job so hot it’s cool!
Learn how to save lives by becoming an American Red Cross trained lifeguard. 

An American Red Cross combined course in Lifeguard training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Standard First Aid, Waterfront and AED will be offered to qualified candidates at Fort Hamilton HS.

Minimum age of 15; Must be able to: swim 550 yards continuously front crawl using rhythmic breathing and breaststroke using pull breathe, kick, glide. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7–10 feet, retrieve a 10-lb object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds; swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 – 7 feet of water, resurface and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.

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