Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Parks and Recreation offering Lifeguard Certification Courses
Throughout the months of April and May, the City of Bryan’s Parks and Recreation Department will host Lifeguard Certification Courses at the Bryan Aquatic Center. The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses will teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The courses will include Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid.
Upon successful completion of the course, each participant will receive two American Red Cross Universal Certificates – one indicating Lifeguard Training and First Aid that is valid for three years, and another indicating CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer that is valid for one year.
In order to register for one of the courses, participants must be at least 15 years of age by the end of the class, and they must pass a pre-course swimming test. Participants must be able to swim continuously for 300 yards and they also have to complete a timed swimming scenario. In the scenario, participants must swim 20 yards, retrieve a10 pound brick from 10 foot depth, swim back 20 yards, and climb out of pool without using a ladder or steps in 1 minute 40 seconds.
The cost for the certification course is $150 for Bryan residents and $165 for non-residents, and must be paid in full at registration. Participants can register at the Bryan Aquatic Center (3100 Oakridge Dr.) or call 209-5222. All of the courses will last 4 days, meeting Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The course dates are posted below:
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