The American Red Cross Blended Lifeguard Training is approximately a 20 hour classroom course with about 7 hours of online learning which provides participants with the knowledge, skills and training necessary to become a lifeguard. The course fee is $200 for YMCA members and $250 for non-members. Materials include the book and packet mask, as well as a 2-year certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the professional Rescuer. Students must attend all sessions of the class to pass. Participants in the Lifeguard Training course are required to pass a water-skills test prior to entry into the course. The skills test will be given to all students during the precourse and consists of the following:
- Students must swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
- 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing kick, 100 yards of breaststroke, 100 yards of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke. This last 100 yards may be a mixture of both.
- Students must tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Hands will be placed under the armpits.
- Students must complete the following timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, 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 on back with both hands holding the object. Exit the water without using ladder or steps.
Tuesday & Thursday May 18th - May 27th 5 - 9 pm