1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
703-228-6000
Saturday, April 19, 2014

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:  $325 (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 $8.53 to $12.94 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 2013-14:
 Session 4
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class
 
Mar 20
Mar 25, 27
Mar 29
Apr 1, 3
Apr 5
Location: Wakefield Pool
Thursday
Tuesday/Thursday
Saturday
Tuesday/Thursday
Saturday 
5:30 - 6:30 PM Pre-Course
6:30 - 9:30 PM 
9-12:30 PM
6:30 - 9:30 PM
9-12:30 PM
 
 Session 5

Apr 10
Apr 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18
Apr 19
Location: Yorktown Pool
Thursday
Monday - Friday
 
Saturday
6:00 - 7:00 PM Pre-Course
9:30 - 4:00 PM
 
9 - 1 PM
 Session 6
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class
Apr 24
Apr 28, 30
May 1, 5, 7 and 8
Location: Yorktown Pool
Thursday
Mon/Wed
Mon/Wed/Thu
6:00 - 7:00 PM Pre-Course
6:30 - 9:30 PM

 Session 7
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class  
May 9
May 12, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22
Location: Wakefield Pool
Friday
Mon/Wed/Thu

6:30 - 7:30 PM Pre-Course
6:30 - 9:30 PM 
 
 Session 8
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class
May 22
May 27, 29
June 3, 5, 10 and 12
Location: Wakefield Pool
Thursday
Tues/Thu
Tues/Thu
5:30 - 6:30 PM Pre-Course
6:30 - 9:30 PM
6:30 - 9:30 PM 
 Session 9
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class 
June 16
June 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 
Location: Wakefield Pool
Monday
Monday - Friday
5:30 - 6:30 PM Pre-Course
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 Session 10
 Blended 
 Learning 
   Class
June 27
July 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
Location: Wakefield Pool
Friday 
Monday - Friday
 
8:30-9:30 AM Pre-Course
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
 
 
To register, please complete the Registration Form by clicking here. Please note: Courses must have a minimum of 8 participants to run.
 
 Lifeguard Review Class
The American Red Cross has updated their lifeguard training program effective February 2012. As a result, we are currently not offering lifeguard review classes. If you need to renew your certifications, you will need to complete one of the lifeguard training sessions listed above.
 

Arlington Junior Lifeguarding Program

The Arlington Junior Lifeguarding program offers training based on the nationally recognized American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Program. The Arlington program provides training to individuals 13-14 years old who are interested in becoming Lifeguards when they turn 15.  The training focuses on five core areas - Prevention, Fitness, Response, Leadership, and Professionalism.  Participants will develop an understanding of basic emergency response techniques and receive certification in CPR/AED and Standard First Aid.  The program will also provide opportunities to improve personal fitness and to develop skills and attitudes that are important for future lifeguards, including customer service, front desk management, communication and problem solving skills.  Because this is a skills based training class, participants must attend all classes and the minimum amount of internship sessions. There can be no exceptions.

Participants must attend and successfully complete a Pre-Course Session consisting of the following skills: 

 

  • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
  • Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs.
    ■ Show a level of comfort on the back by floating on the back for 30 seconds or swimming on the back for 25 yards using the elementary backstroke or back crawl.
    ■ Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet under water.
Course Fee:  $250 (Non-refundable registration fee: $25)

 

Participants who complete the Junior Lifeguarding program, including the internship, may be selected as candidates for paid Lifeguarding positions with Arlington Public Schools once they turn 15 and are eligible for Lifeguarding certification.  Income-based fee reductions are available for qualifying Arlington Residents.

 We do not have any WSI classes scheduled at this time. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please send an email to liset.reaves@apsva.us. Please note: Course 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.

We do not have any WSI classes scheduled at this time. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please send an email to liset.reaves@apsva.us. 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:         TBA        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Sonia Argenal at 703-228-6263 or liset.reaves@apsva.us.

 
 
 
Last Modified on March 31, 2014