1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
703-228-6000
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Aquatics

kid freestyle Lifeguard & Water Safety Courses

 
 

Lifeguard Training

The Arlington Public Schools Lifeguarding program offers training in the nationally recognized American Red Cross Lifeguard Program. The course prepares individuals 15 years and older to become professional lifeguards by introducing them to concepts and skills necessary to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies in a swimming pool. Class participants must be 15 years or older before the last class date. The skills taught include water rescue, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and First Aid. Successful participants will receive American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid. Because this is a skills based training class, participants must attend all class sessions. There can be no exceptions.
 
Participants must attend and successfully complete a Pre-Course Session consisting of the following skills:
  • 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 for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound brick.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near  the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Course Fee:  $275 (Your credit card will be charged a non-refundable registration fee of $50 within 2 business days of your registration. The remaining balance will be charged after the class begins.)
Successful candidates will be eligible for full- and part-time employment as a Lifeguard with Arlington Public Schools. Hourly pay rates range from $8.70 to $13.20 depending on previous work experience.
 
Income-based fee reductions are available for qualifying Arlington Residents. Contact the Aquatics Management Office at 703-228-6263 for more information.
 
Blended Learning Class
Some of our session are being offered using the American Red Cross Blended Learning curriculum. Students will be able to complete a fair amount of the class work online by using a hot-link, provided to them after they have successfully completed the Pre-Course session.
 
Course Schedule 2016-17:
 Session 1
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class
 
July 18
 
July 18 - 21
 
Location: Yorktown Pool
Mon
 
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu
9 - 10 am Pre-Course

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
To register, please complete the Registration Form by clicking here. Please note: Courses must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.
  
Water Safety Instructor Course
 
This course will prepare you to teach the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim, Preschool Aquatics and Parent and Child Aquatics Courses.  Candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the  course, and successfully complete the pre-course session.  The course will identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons, and class management principles.   Candidates will learn the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it.  Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participant’s progress in swim lessons and modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges including dealing with participants who misbehave.  Learn skills to accommodate participants with disabilities and other health conditions.
Candidates must complete all reading assignments, attend all class sessions and participate in all activities, successfully complete all practice-teaching assignments and pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent (40 correct answers out of 50 questions). Candidates must be 16 years old.  Prerequisites include Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT), which will be included in the class schedule  and the ability to swimming 50 yards of the 5 primary strokes and 10 yards butterfly at a Level IV proficiency.
 
Course Schedule:      TBD
 
Course Fee: $400.00 (Non-refundable registration fee: $100)
 
To register, please complete the registration form by clicking here
Please note: Course must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.
 
Lifeguard Instructor Course
 
Candidates must be 17 years old.  Prerequisites include Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT), and passing a pre-course written/skills test of Lifeguarding and CPR/AED for the Professional.
 
Candidates will be tested on the following prerequisite skills:
  • 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 for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
Additionally, instructor candidates must perform the following scenarios at the LG standard:  
 
Scenario 1: You are lifeguarding at an outdoor pool. It is a hot summer day and the
pool is crowded with children. Suddenly, you hear a mother screaming. As you approach
her, she tells you “my baby is missing.” You observe the infant at the bottom of the pool
in shallow water. After removal from the pool, the infant appears unconscious.
  • Skills Tested:
    • Primary Assessment—Infant (using a resuscitation mask; providing two initial ventilations to a drowning infant)
    • CPR—Infant (compressions and ventilations)
Scenario 2: You are lifeguarding and observe a teenager playing around with friends
as he enters head-first into the pool in an area that is 5 feet deep. He is now submerged
face-down in the pool. The victim is responsive when turned face-up.
  • Skills Tested:
    • Slide-In Entry
    • Walking Approach
    • Head-Splint for a Face-Down Victim in Shallow Water
Scenario 3: You are lifeguarding when you observe a child struggling in the water, in
the middle of the pool. He is having difficulty and cannot swim to shallow water.
  • Skills Tested:
    • Entry (either stride jump or compact jump)
    • Swimming Approach (breaststroke or front crawl)
    • Active Victim Rescue (front or rear)
    • Move Victim to Safety
Course Fee: $400.00 (Non-refundable registration fee: $100)
 
Course Schedule:     
 
  DATE DAY TIME
Session 1
May 26  Thu Pre-course 
Blended Learning Class   
6:30pm-10:30pm 
   May 30 June 2,7,14 Mon, Thu,Tues,Tues  
 
To register, please complete the registration form by clicking here
Please note: Course must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.
 

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For questions regarding registration, please contact Liset Reaves at 703-228-6263 or liset.reaves@apsva.us
 
 
 
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