Jr. Lifeguards (Ages 11-14)
Jr. Lifeguards (Ages 11-14)
The American Red Cross Jr. Lifeguard course is designed to teach water safety skills as well as introduce youth to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard. This course will not certify anyone as a lifeguard, only build a foundation of knowledge, attitude and skills in preparation of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course.
- Session 1: June 21 – July 1
- Session 2: July 12 – July 22
- 11:00am – Attendance and summary of daily activities.
- 11:15am – Stroke Work/Water Rescue Skills
- 12:30pm – Class will take a break for 30 minutes allowing participants to rehydrate and have a snack.
- At 1:00, participants will begin their shadowing activities to include the slide area and lifeguard stations (Jr. Lifeguards will shadow actual lifeguards at stations to develop surveillance skills. Jr. Lifeguards will not be involved in any emergencies.)2:45pm – Regroup and Reflect on daily experiences with Q&A’s
Orientation will take place on the first day of class. Orientation will discuss expectations of participants, daily itinerary, break periods and water and shadowing activities.
Please have your child at class on time and ready to participate. Be sure that your child has a swimsuit, towel, water bottle, small snack and sunscreen. Hats and visors are recommended but not required. Encourage your child to engage in class by asking questions, being motivated, and to have FUN. If your child is sick, please do not bring them to the pool. Please contact the pool informing us that your child will not be able to attend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Participants must be 11-14 years old to participate in the course.
Yes, participants must be comfortable in deep water and be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl (freestyle) and breaststroke demonstrating breathing to the front or side.
Those Participants who do not pass the pre course requirement will not be able to take the course. The course leader will be able to assist in recommending the appropriate swim level for your child to enroll in.
Participants must bring a swimsuit (one piece suit for females), towel, change of clothes, sack lunch, water bottle and sunscreen. Hats or visors recommended but not required.
Although the Jr. Lifeguard program follows the outline of the American Red Cross course, students will not be certified in first aid, CPR, AED or as a lifeguard.
Step into the water and totally submerge
Maintain position in water for 1 minute by treading water or floating (or a combination of the two)
Rotate one full turn and orient to the exit
Level off and swim on front or back 25 yards
Exit without using ladder or steps
Swim the breaststroke 25 yards using the pull, breath, kick, glide sequence
Submerge feet-first or head-first and swim under water a distance of 10 feet