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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

St. Lucie County’s Parks and Recreation Department will offer an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course, starting with a pre-course on Saturday, March 10 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ravenswood Pool. The full course will take place Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16 starting at 9 a.m. at the Lakewood Park Pool.

The cost for this course is $200. Successful completion of this course certifies participants in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, AED, emergency oxygen administration and blood-borne pathogens. This certification is valid for two years.

Participants must be at least 15 years old (please bring a form of ID for proof of age. If under 18 - participants must have parent’s signature). Additionally, participants must be able to swim continuously for 300 yards (100 yards freestyle – front crawl; 100 yards breaststroke and 100 yards freestyle or breaststroke). The prerequisite requires candidates to be able to swim 20 yards (feet-first surface dive in a minimum of six feet of water) to retrieve a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool and swim back 20 yards with the brick and exit the pool within one minute and 40 seconds; as well as tread water for two minutes using only legs.

To pre-enroll – email Erin Lau at LauE@stlucieco.org. Candidates will not be allowed in the class unless pre-enrollment has been completed.  Candidates must bring their own pocket mask, whistle and swim suit. Payment is required in full upon completion of the pre-course.

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