Lifeguard certification course combines on-site and online learning

Hosted by the Harold Alfond Center at Saint Joseph’s College, an upcoming lifeguard training course will combine on-site and online teaching methods to train lifeguards, as professional rescuers, the skills needed to prevent injuries and how to prepare for and respond to incidences of drowning, injury, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The course runs from July 30 through August 1.

This approximately 28-hour program will train participants to the newly released lifeguard program, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Qualifying participants will receive American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR certifications, valid for two years.

As a blended learning course, this training combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where participants will practice skills and demonstrate competency. The initial online lessons must be completed at least two days prior to the first on-site session.

To enroll in the course, participants must meet the following prerequisites.

—Be at least 15 years old by end of class

—Be able to swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing

—Be able to tread water for two minutes using only the legs

—Be able to complete a 20-yard back-and-forth swim with surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object from a depth of seven to 10 feet, in less than one minute and 40 seconds

The course runs from July 30 through August 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participants must attend all sessions.

Registration for the course is $300 plus a $35 Red Cross fee. Registration takes place online at For more information, contact Renee Daigle at 207-893-6615 or

July 23, 2014
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