The Covington Aquatic Center offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Training classes. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn teamwork, rescue and surveillance skills, First Aid and CPR/AED and other skills you need to work as a professional lifeguard. Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR and AED in one certificate.
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This course is strictly limited to those individuals that are at least 15 years of age by the end of the course and are able successfully demonstrate the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation. The prerequisite swimming skills evaluation is completed on the first day and includes the following skills:
- 300-Yard Swim: Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
- Tread Water: Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates must place their hands under the armpits and keep their head above water.
- Timed Event: Starting in the water, swim 20-yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 12 feet, retrieve a 10-pound dive brick, return to the surface, swim 20-yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the brick and exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Must be completed within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Swim goggles are not allowed. Candidates should not swim the return distance underwater.
The skills evaluation is design to determine whether individuals have the overall strength, endurance and comfort in the water that is necessary to successfully participate in the class.