City offering lifeguard training


Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

The city of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will offer reduced rates this summer for its Junior Lifeguard Camp for children ages 12-15.

Five sessions of the camp will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at Westside Pool at 1001 NW 31st Drive. The dates are:

— June 24-28.

— July 8-12.

— July 15-19.

— July 22-26.

The fee for each session will be $75 for city residents and $112.50 for non-city residents. To register, visit the Thomas Center at 306 NE 6th Ave, Building B, 3rd Floor, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, call 352-334-5067 or go online to www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.

Developed by the American Red Cross, the program is designed to increase self-confidence and promote safe behavior in the aquatic environment. Through learning a wide range of skills, including first-aid, CPR and rescue techniques in each one-week session, campers will be encouraged to take on leadership roles, as well as challenge themselves mentally and physically.

Besides learning the basic understanding of a lifeguard’s primary responsibilities, the course will be provide action-packed activities and games.

Those participating must be able to complete the following prerequisite tasks before registering for the program.

They are:

— 100-yard swim.

— One-minute unaided float.

— Retrieval of a 10-pound brick from 10 feet of water.

Students who fail only one of the prerequisites will still be able to attend the camp, but all deep water activities will be substituted with shallow water activities for that student. Swimming, treading water and strength also are important skills of professional rescuers.

Campers will not receive certifications in lifeguarding, CPR/AED or first aid, but they will receive a certification of completion as proof of their strong understanding of these skills.

As a Junior Lifeguard camper, your child will increase his or her physical fitness levels, endurance and rescue skills as they experience the life of a professional rescuer.

For more information, call 352-334-5067.

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