Louisville, KY., – Metro Parks and Recreation will be offering a lifeguard certification course next week at the Algonquin Pool, 1614 Cypress Street.
The course will be administered by Metro Parks and Recreation staff and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2.
Those who commit to working at a Metro Parks and Recreation pool for the summer season will be able to take the course for free. Students should be 16 years of age or older to become certified as a lifeguard.
They must pass the prerequisites below to become certified.
PREREQUISITES for Lifeguard Training
The following are prerequisite skills for lifeguard training; you will be asked to perform these skills on the first day of class.
Swim 300 yards continuously– 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 choice of freestyle or breaststroke.
Tread water for two minutes no hands.
Swim 20 yards and surface dive 10 feet retrieving a 10-pound brick. Once swimmer has retrieved brick then the swimmer must swim 20 yards on their back while holding both hands on the brick to the original starting point.
The swimmer must exit the water without using a ladder or steps. This prerequisite must be completed in 1 min and 40 seconds.
To register for the course, call Keith Smith at (502) 895-6499
ABOUT LOUISVILLE METRO PARKS AND RECREATION:
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages. Its mission is to create a City of Parks where people can play, learn, grow and be healthy. The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations. www.bestparksever.com