American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Participants are not required to master or perfectly execute skills. They should learn techniques and build stamina during this program. The Junior Lifeguarding course does not certify participants in first aid, CPR or AED or as a lifeguard.
Junior Lifeguarding is an effective transition to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program, challenging participants to stay involved with aquatics. The course also provides the participating agency with a known group from which to recruit future lifeguards. Junior Lifeguarding will introduce participants to: a) The skills needed for entry to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. b) Communication and decision-making skills. c) The basic responsibilities of a lifeguard. d) Junior Lifeguarding is designed for youths 11 years of age, or those who have completed the 5th grade through 14 years of age. *If your swimmer is between the ages of 9-11 please contact Coach Anna @ 870-809-1423
Junior Lifeguard Cost: $100 COURSE PREREQUISITES - Almost all current and former swim team members are able to easily perform these skills. Before entering Junior Lifeguarding, participants must demonstrate the following skills: 1. Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side. 2. Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence. 3. Tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs. 4. 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. 5. Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet under water.
Red Cross lifeguarding students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class. Some facilities will not hire lifeguards until they are 16.
The Lifeguard Class takes approximately 28 hours to complete.
Lifeguard Class Cost: $150
To pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course students must meet the following requirements:
Able to swim 300 yards consecutively
100 yards front crawl
100 yards breast stroke
100 yards choice between front crawl or breast stroke
Perform the diving brick test within 1 minute 40 seconds
Swim 20 yards
Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet
Retrieve the 10 lbs diving brick and swim back to the starting point
Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
Pass all rescue skill scenarios.
Pass all CPR skill scenarios.
Pass the written exam with a score of 80% or better.
*MUST have at least 4 registered per class. Class limit is 13 participants.
Location Pocahontas Aquatic Center 300 Geneva Drive Pocahontas, AR
Needed each day; Girls - a ONE piece swimsuit, warm change of clothes (sweatpants & sweatshirt), t-shirt & shorts, tennis shoes, two towels. Boys - swim trunks or jammers, warm change of clothes (sweatpants & sweatshirt), t-shirt & shorts, tennis shoes, two towels.
Please arrive at class 10 minutes early.
This is a physically active class. We will be moving, swimming, and performing first-aid activities. Your hair will get wet.
Please bring snacks, a drink, and possibly a bagged lunch.
There is a possibilty we will finish early on the last day. But, that is not a guarantee. Please be prepared to stay until the class is dismissed each day. Completion of the class DOES not guarantee certification as a Junior Guard or a Lifeguard.
The Lifeguard Class take approximately 28 hours to complete.
There will be nightly reading assignments sent home with the class members.