|Sun/Fri, Sat, May 17 - May 19|
Lifeguard Training CourseThe purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Students should be prepared to swim each day unless otherwise directed by the instructor. Bring a lunch, water bottle, swimsuit and towel.This blended-learning format includes mandatory online course work prior to instructor-led pool and classroom time.More detailed information will be provided one week before class. Participants must be able to perform the pre-course skills test. Registration closes Friday May 10.Prerequisites: Minimum age of 15; successfully pass the pre-course skills test, which will be held the first night of class.Pre-Course Swim test includes: 1) Swim 300 yards continuously; 2) Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke; surface dive 7-10 feet; retrieve a 10-pound object and return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. 3) Treading water for 2 minutes.
Water Safety Aide TrainingYouth volunteers are needed to serve as Water Safety Aides for Community Education. WSA's will work as teacher's assistants in the delivery of the summer Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Our program runs day and evenings May 22-Aug 2 and includes lessons for students Pre-K - 6th grade. Volunteers must be entering grades 8-12, be a good swimmer and must have their own transportation. Training is free, but pre-registration is required. Students that attended the Aide training last year, are not required to attend, but should contact Sarah Carlton if interested in volunteering again this summer, 651-351-8484.
Water Safety Instructor CourseThis course provides instructor candidates the training needed to teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. Students develop their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to teach swim lessons and how to evaluate participants' progress. The blended-learning format includes mandatory online coursework prior to instructor-led pool and classroom time. Students should bring a lunch, snack, water bottle, swim suit and towel each day. Attendance at all classes is required. There is an additional fee of $37 paid directly to the Red Cross for the online portion of the course. Registration closes Friday, May 24. Prerequisites: Minimum of age 16 by end of course; successful completion of pre-course session consisting of tests of water safety and swimming skills and knowledge.