***COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE***
A lifeguarding course is a certification which cannot be run without participants being in close proximity with regular direct contact. At this time, we feel that we can safely offer the lifeguarding course with the following adjustments: all participants will disinfect hands prior to any contact in or out of the pool, social distancing with masks will occur at all times outside of the water, regular breaks for disinfection and showering will be taken and individuals will not be allowed to share any personal protective equipment. If you are not comfortable in a class running with close contact under these conditions, please do not sign up for our June lifeguarding classes.
Thank you for registering for our lifeguarding course. This is a blended learning course, with a combination of in-person sessions and online learning. The schedule for the class is expected to go as follows:
Prior to Day 1: You must complete all of the materials online at the following link: http://redcrosslearning.com/course/73031950-15c1-11e7-b4e0-51657ecd06af. You will have to register a username and password with the Red Cross so that you can come back and complete the course wherever you left off each time you log in. This online portion must be completed in its entirety before the pool sessions begin on the dates you registered for. Please print the completion certificate at the end of the course as proof of completion.
Day 1: Prerequisite swim; Entries; Approaches; Recoveries
Participants will need to successfully complete the swimming prerequisites for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course (see below) to continue in the course beyond this day. You will need to swim 300 yards continuously with a minimum 100 yards each of front crawl (freestyle with face in water and rotational breathing) and breast stroke, tread water with no hands for 2 minutes and complete a timed brick retrieval test. There is a good video with specifics about the test on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TMAbHMpsB0. If you are concerned about your ability to pass this test, you may contact your instructor (emails are below) and request a private test time, where we may be able to assist with skills you are struggling with. You MUST pass the swim test to continue with the class.
Day 2: Extractions; Spineboarding; CPR/AED/First Aid (AM); Pool skills review (PM); practical scenarios and testing
Here is the link to the electronic copy of the Lifeguarding Manual: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NVgZQV5XsvdZGDwMwTV3DwZKP0HPEeGj.
Please plan to attend ALL days of the class and allow time (minimum 7 hours) to complete online portions of the class. Feel free to contact your instructor with any questions.
State College: Ray Carroll, [email protected]
Bellefonte: Steve Greecher, [email protected]