PROSPECTIVE LIFEGUARD INFO
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The minimum age to become a Red Cross trained lifeguard is 15 years old on or before the last day of class. There is no maximum and the class is great for retirees who want extra income. The prerequisites that need to be performed in order to attend lifeguard training are:
1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl (freestyle), breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. (There is no time limit for this test. American Red Cross rules say you can wear goggles for this part of the test.)
2. Tread water for two minutes without support and without stopping, using only your legs. Your hands will be placed under your armpits. The head must remain above the surface of the water. Your body position must be near vertical, not horizontal. Your treading is not considered proficient if you swim rather than tread or if your mouth sinks below the surface.
3. Timed Event – Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl (freestyle), with your face out of the water. Goggles are not allowed. Submerge to depth of up to 12 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point, on your back, with the object on your chest at the surface of the water, exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds.