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Interested in being a lifeguard?

Coach Mark seeks lifeguards at local schools

Coach Mark visited with students at City of Bridges High School to talk about Lifeguard training and summer job opportunities. 

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Must be 16 or older to get certified. If younger, can become a swim instructor and Junior Guard.
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Get certified in a spring semester course at Slippery Rock

College course on aquatics is being taught by Bob. He is teaching a three credit lifeguarding course this spring semester at SRU.

It’s a full semester. Students can earn the American Red Cross lifeguarding, waterfront lifeguard, first aid, CPR, AED, Bbp, epi pen, asthma inhaler, fema 100, 200, and 907.

If any of you are SRU students, earn those cert and get three credits!

Bob is also teaching a emergency medical response class for three credits.

Maybe this could help for some.

Allegheny County Lifeguards’ Swim Exams are harder than most others because the pools are bigger

The swim test for lifeguard candidates goes something like this:

  • Swim 500 yards (20 lengths) in under 10-minutes.
  • Swim a 50-yard freestyle without goggles in under 33-seconds.
  • After a dive, do an underwater kick of 25-yards without goggles.
  • Brick return begins with a 15 yard swim, surface dive, pick-up the brick from the deep end and make it in 11-seconds or less.
  • Two different types of brick towing happen for 50-yards, under a time of 1:10 or 1:15. One is kick on the back holding the brick with both hands. The other is kicking on the side with the brick on the hip.
  • Two-minute treading with the brick in your hands.

This is not an official score-sheet and rules, but only a transcription of a conversation with a guard. So, your miles may vary. If you see an error, or have further details, write in the comments.

Question of the day


If you see someone being attacked by a shark while you are in the vicinity, would you try to help the person or get out of the water?


Lola Correa posted:

Get out of the water first, then attempt to help the person by throwing a flotation device or rope or something. Creating two victims that need rescuing is no help to anyone especially the first responder rescuers. The first rule of professional rescuers like Firefighters and EMS is “scene safety.” If you your self become another victim you’re doing no help at all especially to the original victim.