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Registration

Registration is completed at the front desk of the Health and Wellness Center (Map) using cash/check during operational hours. Classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Each certification course listing has more information regarding the prerequisites skills, course fee break down and registration deadlines.

To expedite your registration process, please fill out the Activity Registration form prior to your arrival at the HWC.

Lifeguarding

Learn to prevent, prepare for, and respond to aquatic emergencies with American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. Through classroom lecture, on-line and hands-on training, you will learn:

  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries
  • Rescue skills – in the water and on land
  • First Aid, AED and CPR for the Professional Rescuer training
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities such as customer service, problem solving, and general safety

Prerequisite skills are done the first day of class. Candidates who do not complete the prerequisite skills to the instructor’s satisfaction will not be eligible to participate in the remainder of the course. Due to the minimum enrollment of this class refunds may not be given to participants who do not pass the prerequisite skills.

  • Candidates must be 15 years of age on or before the completion of the class.
  • Candidates must be of mature and dependable character.
  • Candidates must swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order: 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front; 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breath, kick and glide sequence; 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl or breaststroke. (Note: There is no time requirement for this skill.)
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point while maintaining two hands on the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Lifeguard candidates must attend every session at the times listed by the facility. Attendance in the course does not guarantee Lifeguard certification. Candidates must pass written and practical exams.

Cost: $160 which includes all class and on-line materials (cash/check payments only). Since, this is a blended learning format class you will conduct online learning as well as in class participation. You will receive an email from the instructor with directions on how to access the online class information, you will need to pay $35 during this process to gain access to the materials and finalize your registration for this certification.

Spring Break class

Dates Times Registration opens Registration deadline
March 27-31 9am-3pm (w/ a lunch break) January 16, 2017 March 16, 2017

Summer Break class

Dates Times Registration opens Registration deadline
June 19-23 9am-3pm (w/ a lunch break) April 10, 2017 June 8, 2017

Water Safety Instructor

Participants enrolled in this course will learn how to teach the various swim programs offered for both children and adults such as Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim Program, and more. The participants learn how to break down each of the swim strokes in order to understand how to develop that photographic eye, which is necessary to provide corrective feedback to their students.

In this process, the participants swimming proficiency improves as well. Developing comprehensive block plans, lesson plans, knowledge of all skills contained within each level and understanding how to teach the information to their classes is emphasized in this course. The Fundamentals of Instructor Training Course (FIT) is also covered within the course materials.

Prerequisites:

Minimum age of 16. Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes:

  • Front Crawl – 25 yards
  • Back Crawl – 25 yards
  • Breaststroke – 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
  • Sidestroke – 25 yards
  • Butterfly – 15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Cost: $120 which includes all class and on-line materials. ($85 at time of registration either cash or check payments at the HWC front desk and $35 on-line payment to the American Red Cross explained below). Since, this is a blended learning format class you will conduct online learning as well as in class participation. You will receive an email from the instructor with directions on how to access the online class information, you will need to pay $35 during this process to gain access to the materials and finalize your registration for this certification.

Summer Break class

Dates Times Registration opens Registration deadline
June 19-23 & 26-30 9am-3pm (w/ a lunch break) April 10, 2017 June 8, 2017

 

 

           
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