The City of Longview Parks and Recreation Department uses American Red Cross curriculum to train its aquatic staff.
This program offers two types of trainings: Instructor Led Training (ILT) and Blended Learning (BL). Instructor Led Trainings consist of classroom learning and in-water skills sessions. Blended Learning trainings allow 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.
The skills you will perform at the Pre-Course Session are as follows:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes:
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.
Call our Department at 903-237-1270 for more information.