The American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter will hold its Aquatic School May 15-18 and May 22-25 at Chatham University.
Swimmers who successfully complete the Aquatic School will be certified to apply for professional lifeguard jobs. Also, lifeguards who are currently certified can take a review course during the training to extend their certification.
Classes will be held at Chatham's Sigo Falk Natatorium, in the university's Athletic and Fitness Center on Woodland Road. To gain certification, students must attend all four classes in one of the two following sessions:
Session A: Thursday, May 15, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, May 16, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Session B: Thursday, May 22, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, may 23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost of the training is $200 for new lifeguards. For the lifeguarding review program, the cost is $175 and attendance is required only at the May 16-18 or May 23-25 sessions. All proceeds benefit the local disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross.
To qualify for entry, participants must be at least 15 years of age and be able to swim 300 yards continuously using the following strokes: front crawl, 100 yards; breast stroke, 100 yards; and 100 yards of either the front crawl or breast stroke, or a combination of the two. Additionally, swimmers must be able to surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-poind object and return to starting position within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Registration is required; walk-ins will not be accepted.
Classes include training in water first aid, CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and additional lifesaving techniques. In addition to lifeguard training, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer certification and lifeguard training instructor classes will be offered during the Aquatic School.
To register or for more information, visit swpa.redcross.org or call 412-263-3193. Registration deadline is noon on the Wednesday prior to each session. For directions to Chatham University visit chatham.edu/camusmap. Convenient parking is located in the East Parking Lots, accessible next to Laughlin Residence Hall.