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American Red Cross Lifeguarding

*Winter Course announced for 2020*


American Red Cross Lifeguarding (r.2017) consists of approximately 25 hours of classroom and pool activities paired with blended learning content requiring online modules and book assignments to be completed by each participant at home between the in person sessions. Attendance at all in person sessions is required.

The purpose of  the training is to prepare new lifeguard 
candidates using a dynamic presentation of the latest science in first aid, CPR, emergency cardiovascular care, water rescue skills, safety protocols and preventative lifeguarding strategies so they may seek employment as qualified lifeguards. In person classes will include working as partners and in teams for rescue skills practice and team building activities.

Enrollment ratios are dictated by the American Red Cross and limited by pool and classroom space. This training is open only to those who complete the pre-course evaluation successfully, who can commit to the entire schedule of in-person sessions and who submit fees by the deadline of January 16th for Winter 2020.  The course is scheduled for Thursdays 6:30-9:30 PM January 23rd-March 26th and may run on a Tuesday at 6:30-9:30 if necessary during those dates for snow make ups. 

Please read the pre-requisites and course details listed below. Prepare yourself before your appointment; this class is not a chance to get in shape, this class trains you to be a lifeguard.

*Evaluations for Winter 2020 will be available by appointment right after school 2:15, 2:30 or 2:45 PM most weekdays through January 16th, on Tuesday evenings at 8:45, 9:00 or 9:15 PM through January 14th or possibly Saturdays December 7th or 14th at 11:30, 11:45 or 12 Noon. .


Requirements are:

  • Show proof of minimum age 15 years old prior to March 19, 2020 (driver's license/ non driver ID, state ID,birth certificate or passport).

  • Perform a continuous 300 meter swim comprised of; 100m front crawl demonstrating correct rhythmic breathing and overall endurance, 100m breaststroke demonstrating a "pull, breathe, kick and glide" sequence, and the remaining 100m either front crawl or breaststroke.

  • Demonstrate treading water for 2 minutes using legs only for support (whip, scissor or rotary kick, NOT flutter kick), keeping a vertical position with your head out of the water during the whole 2 minutes.

  • Complete a timed, simulated retrieval from deep water; starting in the water swim 20 yds., perform a feet first or head first surface dive to retrieve the 10 lb. brick from the dive tank, swim back to the starting point with the object held with both hands and exit the water without using a ladder or steps. (The dive tank is 13 ft. deep).

NOTE: During the simulated rescue skill, the prospective candidate must hold the 10 lb object with both hands, holding it over his or her chest, and must keep his or her face above the water while using one of the following kicks to swim on their back: scissor kick (inverted), whip kick, rotary (aka egg beater) kick. The prospective candidate must exit the water using his or her own strength.  The time is complete once he or she has exited the water and is standing up on the pool deck. ) 

Attendance is required at all in person sessions, many of the skills involve working as a team or serving roles as victim or rescuer, therefore it is not generally possible to have an individual participant make up a missed class. In the event of severe weather or lightning, class may be rescheduled or class times modified for remaining scheduled dates. A REMIND group will be formed for clearer communication to the class once formed. 


Prospective candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential to fulfill the level of responsibility they will face as lifeguards (for example: communicating with strangers and being responsible for their lives) by contacting Aquatic Director Jeanne-Marie Kavanagh themselves to schedule their required pre-course evaluation. Email is best; a parent ccd on this communication is a welcome procedure, parents should encourage, not accept the responsibility for this communication for the potential candidate.

Email to make an appointment for right after school 2:15, 2:30 or 2:45 PM most weekdays through January 16th, on a Tuesday evening at 8:45, 9:00 or 9:15 PM through January 14th or possibly Saturdays December 7th or 14th 11:30, 11:45 or 12 Noon.


Prospective candidates who fail to successfully perform the pre-requisite skills cannot be accepted in this training and will be advised what to do to become more ready for a future course offering.The course will be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met, a wait list will be established if a high number of enrollment requests are received. There are strict American Red Cross requirements on class size. 


Course fees include separate costs for training materials and Red Cross fees per participant plus facility enrollment fees based on residency TOTAL:  $190 DP Resident - $230 Non DP Resident

Facility fee $40 Deer Park Residents / $80 Non Deer Park Resident paid to DEER PARK UFSD with proof of residency (by school ID, drivers permit/license, utility bill)  plus $150 per participant for American Red Cross training materials and certification fees. Directions to complete these payments will be given upon successful completion of pre-requisites.


*No candidate will complete the training without full attendance and minimum achievement standards on written and physical skills tests. Successful completion of a course at this facility does not in any way imply future employment at this facility.*

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