American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course
Become certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard. Students must be 15 years old by the end of the course. Interested persons will need to schedule a time to complete the prerequisite test. Those who successfully pass will be given a "ticket" to register for any upcoming courses. Those who are unable to successfully complete the prerequisite test will need to try at another time or sign up for the pre-course course.
Lifeguard Course Pre-Testing
Interested in taking the lifeguarding course? Contact the pool to set up a time to take the prerequisite test. Student who successfully complete the pre-course session will be allowed to register for the next available Lifeguard Training Course offered by the LSSD Pool. The following skills are tested:
- Swim 300 yards, continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
- Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
- Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
- Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the staring point with both hands holding the object an keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
- Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.