This class fulfills .25 credits of the Physical Education requirements for graduation. The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program is to provide lifeguard candidates with the skills and knowledge necessary to keep themselves as well as their patrons at aquatic facilities safe in and around the water. A Lifeguard Training Instructor must test the following swimming prerequisites to enroll in the class.
- 1. Swim 300 yards or 12 lengths continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
- 100 yards (4 lengths) of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and stabilizing, propellant kick
- 100 yards of (4 lengths) breaststroke
- 100 yards (4lengths) of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke. These 100 yards may be a mixture of front crawl and breaststroke.
- Complete this timed event in 1 minute, 40 seconds. Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object. When returning to the starting point, the candidate must hold the 10-pound object with both hands and must keep his/her face above the water. Exit the water using a ladder or steps.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Upon successful completion, students will receive American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, Waterfront Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Standard First Aid, Blood-borne Pathogens and AED (Automated External Defibrillation). There are nominal fees for the certification cards ($10 total) earned at the completion of the course and one pocket mask ($13.35) which participants are required to purchase for personal usage during the course and retain upon completion of the course. This is a challenging and exciting class to enroll in, provides future employment opportunities, and is an impressive addition to any personal resume.
One-piece bathing suits required for females.