***COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE***
A lifeguarding course is a certification which cannot be run without participants being in close proximity with regular direct contact. If you are fully vaccinated, you may participate without a mask, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask while receiving on-deck instruction. If you are not comfortable in a class running with close contact under these conditions, please do not sign up for our 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 course instructor will send you a finalized class schedule about one week prior to class. Please use the following link to access the online course materials: https://www.redcrosslearning.com/course/73031950-15c1-11e7-b4e0-51657ecd06af. The schedule for the class is expected to go as follows:
Prior to Day 1: You will need to complete at least the first three online lessons prior to the first night of class, at least the first six lessons before the second day of class, and all of the online content prior to the last day of class.
Day 1 (Usually a Friday night between 5pm and 9pm): Prerequisite swim, Entries
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 (Usually a Sunday between 9am and 5pm): Approaches, Recoveries, Extrications, Backboarding
Day 3 (Usually a Sunday between 9am and 5pm): CPR review, Spineboarding, Review, 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: Kristin Erb, [email protected]