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Lifeguarding - American Red Cross

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We are excited to offer you American Red Cross Lifeguarding - Blended Learning. Blended learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency.

*The blended eLearning portion of the course must be completed independently prior to the start of the course. Please be prepared to verify successful completion of the eLearning portion upon arrival to class (print certificate or online verification). 

Additionally, all registered persons must pass the in-water pre-requisite skills to participate in full course.


Pre-requisite
skills:

1)  Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggled may be used. 
2)  Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
3)  Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
      a)  Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.  The face may be in or out of the water. 
            *Swim goggles are not allowed. 
      b)  Surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10 pound
           object.
      c) 
Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point,
           with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they
           are able to get a breath. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


To successfully complete the Lifeguarding Review, Blended Learning course, participants must:




  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions. 


  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.


  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.


  • Pass the final skills scenarios.


  • Complete all eLearning content, including the eLearning written exam (CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid).


  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80 percent on the final written exam, one (1) retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, *provided that the learner passed the finals skills assessment. 




Please bring lunch, snacks and beverages for the entire day.
Women must wear 1-piece swimsuit, men must wear board shorts.  Several towels and a change of clothing are strongly recommended for comfort.
Please be prepared to show identification for age verification (date of birth)





Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification, valid for 2 years. Participants can access their digital certificate through an email via a link. The digital certification will contain an alpha-numeric identifier and Quick Response (QR) code and can be viewed, printed or shared online. 





*Required Gear:  cloth mask/face covering(s), One-Piece Bathing Suit(s), Towel(s), Change of dry clothes, Lunch/snacks,  

Blended Learning: approximately 7 hours, independent learning prior to in-person skills.
In-Person Skills: approximately 10-14 hours, must successfully participate in all skills sessions and scenarios. 
The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins.

Reducing Risk of Disease Transmission for Instructors and Students
The CDC recently released updated COVID-19 guidance stating: Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. It typically takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection
(immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. You are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
          Participants are considered fully vaccinated:
            • 2 weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or
            • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Pre-Screening: Participants who answer “Yes” to any of the questions below, should not attend class.

For continued safety, the American Red Cross still recommends screening all participants for acute illness. Based on CDC guidance, this screening can be done with the following questions but does not require temperature screening.
     1. Do you have symptoms of COVID-19/acute illness (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty
        breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny
        nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea)?
     2. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been presumed to have COVID-19 and are any of the following
        present:
            • It has been less than 10 days since your COVID symptoms began (or less than 10 days since your
              positive COVID test if having no symptoms); or
            • You have had a fever in the last 24 hours; and/or
            • You continue to experience symptoms of COVID (not including loss of taste or smell)?
     3. Are you currently under quarantine for any reason?

Participants who answer “Yes” to any of the above questions, should not attend class.









* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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