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FREE Lifeguard Waterfront Training - American Red Cross Certification

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If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great part time job or a challenging career, that’s in demand, the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program is one of the best places to start. Lifeguarding lets you work as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. You could even save a life!

Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn!

The course meets at WHHS Pool

Starting pay is $12.00 per hour!

To teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies both in a pool and at a waterfront environment. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowings and injuries.

  • Prerequisites:
  • Minimum age of 15.
  • Swim 550 yards (about 500 meters) continuously.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, 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.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the value of behaving in a professional manner.
  • Learn how to identify behaviors of a swimmer, distressed swimmer and an active or passive drowning victim.
  • Describe conditions that affect surveillance at a waterfront.
  • Understand the components of an emergency action plan and how to activate it.
  • Understand the general procedures for an emergency occurring in the water or on land.
  • Demonstrate how to perform equipment-based rescues.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to perform the skills used in special rescue situations, such as missing person procedures and cold-water rescue.
  • Demonstrate how to perform water-specific rescue skills for a waterfront facility.
  • Learn how to provide first aid and how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Learn how to recognize and care for possible head, neck or back injuries.

  • 36 Hour Course

Certification Requirement:
  • Must attend ALL class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in the three final skill scenarios.
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the three sections of the final written exam.

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:
  • Lifeguarding/Waterfront/First Aid: 2 years
  • CPR/AED for Lifeguards: 2 year
  • *If you choose the FREE Option that is with a 2 year Work Commitment to West Haven Parks & Recreation Department

Participant Products/Materials:
  • American Red Cross Lifeguarding Book
  • CPR Mask
  • Swim attire at each class.

Margaret A. Ruggiero
Pool & Waterfront Coordinator
Email: ruggiero@westhaven-ct.cov

Other Information
  • On 3/16/2020 report to the West Haven High School Pool with swim attire for prerequisite test at 2:00pm, Class will follow.

* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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