By 1812Blockhouse

The American Red Cross is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring lifeguards at the Mansfield Branch of the YMCA of North Central Ohio.

Registration for their Blended Lifeguard Certification course is now open and will continue until October 18. This comprehensive program aims to equip participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to kickstart a career in lifeguarding.

Course Highlights

The course is designed to be a holistic training experience, incorporating a blend of videos, group discussions, and hands-on practice. Participants will learn a variety of skills, including professional rescue techniques, surveillance skills, First Aid, and CPR/AED. The course emphasizes teamwork, ensuring that lifeguards are well-prepared to handle emergencies collaboratively.

Dates, Times, and Costs

The course will be held on October 21 and 22, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The cost for YMCA members is $200, while non-members will be charged $250. Interested individuals can register online or visit the Mansfield Branch for in-person registration.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Must attend every class session
  • Ability to swim 300 yards without stopping, using both Breast Stroke and Freestyle techniques
  • Tread water for 2 minutes without using arms
  • Complete the timed “Brick Test,” which involves swimming 20 yards, diving to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve an object, and swimming back while keeping the head above water

A swimsuit is mandatory for each day of the course.

Pre-course Prerequisites

Before attending the in-person sessions, participants are required to complete a video course offered by the Red Cross. Access to these prerequisite videos will be granted only after registration. For more information and to gain access to the videos, please contact Jen Jeffery at [email protected].

Image by Nichole Bohner from Pixabay

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