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Red Cross Lifeguard Training & Certification Class
Do you love to swim? Could you respond effectively to an emergency?
Do you want to learn lifelong decision-making skills, earn respect from peers and patrons … get certified!
YWCA Members: $150.00, Community Members $175.00.
If the YWCA hires you, the fee is waived for a 1-year commitment as a YWCA Lifeguard!
Next class will be the following Fridays and Saturdays in August: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17.
Friday classes will be 3:30-6:00pm, and Saturday classes will be 10:00am-1:00pm
This 30-hour class will meet at the YWCA Clinton Pool. (Next class will be offered October 21-27)
Prerequisite skills are done the first day of class. Candidates who do not complete the prerequisite skills to the instructor’s satisfaction will not be eligible to participate in the remainder of the course. Candidates must be 16 years of age on or before the completion of the class. Other prerequisites are as follows:
▪ Candidates must be of mature and dependable character.
▪ Candidates must swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order: 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front; 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breath, kick and glide sequence; 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl or breaststroke. (Note: There is no time requirement for this skill.)
▪ Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the 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 while maintaining two hands on the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Tread water 2 minutes.
▪ Lifeguard candidates must attend every session at the times required by the instructor. Attendance in the course does not guarantee Lifeguard certification. Candidates must pass written and practical exams.
YWCA Clinton will supply the American Lifeguarding books on loan for the duration of the class or, if you like, you can download the book from the American Red Cross website. Call 563-242-2110, ext. 408 with questions.
Sign up at YWCA front desk or by calling us at 242-2110.