This Lifeguard Clinic will introduce participants to skills including First-Aid, CPR and rescue techniques needed to complete the American Red Cross lifeguard certification in a slower-paced environment than our lifeguard class offerings. The program will center around the primary skills necessary to be a lifeguard, as well as the physical conditioning needed to do those skills. While it is not a lifeguard course, each participant will have the opportunity to earn a Lifeguard Certification, if they are able to pass all necessary assessments.
Dates: Monday, July 30–Friday, August 3
100 yard swim
1 minute tread
Retrieval of a 10-pound weight from 8–10 feet of water
Location: H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside Pool), 1001 NW 31st Dr.
Ages: 15–16 years old Hours: Mon.–Fri. 8:30 am–5:30 pm (Please do not drop students off earlier than 7:45 am)
Prerequisites: Participants must be able to swim and complete the following tasks before the first day! Swim tests can be administered Mon.-Fri. between 4:00-7:00 pm, at Northeast or Westside pools, please call the pool before visit. Northeast – 352-334-2191; Westside – 352-334-2187.
All participants are required to bring their own lunch, snacks, goggles, sunscreen, tennis shoes, socks, towel and swimsuit. Denim shorts or cut-offs are not allowed to be worn in the water. Due to the nature of the clinic, it is required that all female participants wear a one-piece swimsuit.
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification
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Get Certified as a Professional American Red Cross Lifeguard!
Ages: 15 years and older
Fee: $175.00, includes book and materials
Participants must be able to pass all American Red Cross assessments with an 80% or better to receive certification.
Valid for 2 years.
- Must be able to pass a 300 yard continuous swim using front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Goggles may be worn.
- Must be able to swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7–10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point holding the object within 1 minute and 40 seconds. May not use goggles.
- Must be able to tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.