American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguarding and Waterfront Skills:
The purpose of the ARC Lifeguarding course is to provide entry level lifeguards participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional level of care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.
The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.
Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this module.
Swim 300 yards (550 yards for waterfront skills) 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 goggles are allowed.
Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
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Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete skill sequence.
The Junior Lifeguard Volunteer Program is available to newly certified lifeguards, ages 15 to 17. Volunteers will have the option to move forward with their training offered by Marine First Responders to become Junior Lifeguard summer camp volunteers.
Enthusiastic individuals have the chance to gain experience in the lifeguarding industry and possibly work with our company or become future public lifeguards.
Additionally, volunteer hours can apply for academic incentives during and after high school. The students will benefit from first hand knowledge of the ocean environment, practice in CPR/first aid, and development of physical and lifeguard skills.
This is an extraordinary opportunity, for further training and advancement in the lifesaving industry, and to spread ocean safety awareness in your community.