A series of lifeguard training classes will begin Monday, May 18. The classes will be taught in a blended learning format with the participants expected to complete a portion of the information at home. Registration is required to participate. The registration deadline for Lifeguard Training 1 is Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m; the deadline for Lifeguard Training 2 is Sunday, May 17 at 5 p.m., and the deadline for Lifeguard Training 3 is Saturday, May 23 at 5 p.m. The lifeguard training classes are open to all individuals interested in earning lifeguard certification, regardless of employment status with the City of Longview.
The City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department uses American Red Cross curriculum to train its aquatic staff.
Blended Learning Lifeguard Training Course
Class Minimum: 4 participants
Class Maximum: 9 participants
The American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard Program allows participants to complete the classroom portion of the training online at home before coming to the swimming pool for two in-person skills sessions.
To enroll in the Lifeguard Training Course, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session. A pre-course will be conducted at the beginning of the first in-person skills session.
Pre - Course
The skills you will perform at the Pre-Course Session are as follows:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes:
- 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, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
- 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.
2. Tread water for 2 minutes without support and without stopping, using only the legs to stay afloat, in a depth of 7-10 feet. Hands are to be placed under the armpits and the head must remain above water.
3. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, make a surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
Note: The participant must hold the object with both hands, placing the object on his/her chest, and must keep his/her face above the water.