Lifeguarding @ CM

Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics is pleased to offer



On-line Portion AND Zoom Meetings June 8-11, 2020


June 2020

Monday 6/08/20

6:00 PM -- 8:30 PM
Tuesday 6/09/20 6:00 PM -- 8:30 PM
Wednesday 6/10/20 6:00 PM -- 8:30 PM
Thursday 6/11/20 6:00 PM -- 8:30 PM
Participants must purchase the Lifeguarding Manual from the Red Cross Web Site
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The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Life Guarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Candidates Must:

  1. Be at least 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  2. 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
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or headfirst, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • 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.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Once you have registered for the course, e-mail Coach John Richards with your name, e-mail address and phone number.  You will receive a link to the on-line portion of the course within 24 hours of registration.  Upon completion of the on-line portion, e-mail your results to Coach John Richards.  At this point, the student will be provided with a link to access the Zoom Meetings which you must attend.  There will be required in-person training times.  These training dates and times will be determined on the availability of a pool in the South Hills.  The in-person training sessions will be held individually with the course instructor.  Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the in-person training sessions.

To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If you have a medical condition or disability that might prevent you from participating in the activities, or have questions about being able to fully participate in the Lifeguarding course, please contact me to discuss this before the course begins.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

Questions - please contact Coach John Richards  with any questions.

Click here to begin the registration process