The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This course will also include a Waterfront Skills module to teach participants the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.
This blended learning course will require the completion of 7 hours of eLearning prior to the start of the course and attendance for the entirety of the 3-day course. At the end of the course, to become certified, participants must pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80% as well as the final skills scenarios. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate as well as a Waterfront Skills certificate. Both are valid for 2 years.
To attend the course, participants must provide proof of completion of the eLearning content and successfully complete the skills prerequisites on Friday morning. These include:
· Swim 550 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.
· Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
· Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
· Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
o Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
o Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
o Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.
Please note that all water portions of this course will be conducted in Hidden Lake. Although I do not expect the water to be too cold in mid-August, I do not expect it to be very warm, either.
This training will be provided by:
Erin "Ena" Kilmer, WSI, LGI, SCSI
Proud Provider of American Red Cross Health and Safety Training