Taking a Waterfront Lifeguard Class
Being a lifeguard can be a rewarding, fun yet challenging job. You may be passionate about getting into a waterfront lifeguarding career. Perhaps you're wanting to work at a few summer camps and campgrounds, in which lifeguarding would be an ideal skill to have. Either way, you should be looking for a class to attend.
If you don't know what a class consists of, or you're not sure if you're quite ready for one, then this article will help you out. We are here to discuss what a lifeguard-class is and prepare you with what to expect.
There are lots of different types of lifeguarding, so you may be wondering what waterfront lifeguarding is. You might have seen lifeguards around the swimming pool - this job requires basic training and is known simply as lifeguarding. Being a waterfront lifeguard means being the person in charge of open water areas, like a lake or a pond.
The lifeguard requires a class you must attend and pass before you get your lifeguard certification. This does not include high surf areas, like the sea, as this requires more vigorous training.
The waterfront lifeguard class will get you prepared for the real world of water. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to attend emergencies in open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps, and campsites.
You will need to be able to show a high level in all required waterfront skills and activities that are part of the class. There is also a written part of the test, where you will be expected to get at least 80%. So it's a good idea to revise and prepare yourself!
When you complete the 5 hours 40-minute long class, you will come out with an American Red Cross certificate indicating Waterfront Skills, which will last for 2 years.
The Waterfront Skills certificate is only recognized when accompanied with a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, AED, so you will need to get those in, too.
Now you know what the lifeguard training is, you may be wondering what exactly the class will entail and familiarize yourself with the learning format.
Of course, you will need to get your lifeguarding First Aid, CPR, AED training to go hand in hand with this class.
The waterfront lifeguard class will consist of tasks that you must be able to complete, in order to get your American red cross-verified certificate.
Firstly, in the waterfront skills module, you must be able to swim 550 yards without stopping. The first 200 yards are to be freestyle or front crawl, the next 200 have to be breaststroke and then the remaining 150 yards can be either front crawl, breaststroke, or freestyle. This will require some great breath control and rhythmic breathing.
You must also be able to complete the brick test - the 10-pound object return test. This consists of starting in the water without any swim goggles. You must then swim for roughly 20 yards to where a 10-pound weight or dive rings has been dropped deep beneath the surface. You must then surface dive and retrieve the weight.
You are then expected to swim back to the starting point with your hands holding the object above water, and exit the water without using steps or a ladder. Additionally, you must be able to tread water for 2 minutes.
If you can do all of this, you will pass the test and be able to live your dreams as a lifeguard!
Now it's time to get prepared to ensure that you pass the class and walk away with your lifeguard certification. First of all, to attend these training sessions, you must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this module and be trained in first aid.
With that box ticked, you should now look at practicing your skills.
Get yourself to a swimming pool and practice the stages discussed above. Maybe you need to start by building your fitness and swimming skills. There is no better way to do this than to practice swimming - get those lengths in!
Aim to be able to swim 550 yards. Perhaps you need to start by making sure you can swim 20 yards, and build up from there. You also need to make sure you can tread the water for 2 minutes to complete your class.
Make sure to practice surface diving and retrieving objects, too! A great way to practice this is to swim and retrieve three dive rings.
It doesn't hurt to read more about the American red cross training either - educate yourself so you have the knowledge needed to prevent any danger in the water! This way you have more chance of getting that 80% in the written test, too!