College offers lifeguard training

Do you know a teenager looking for a great job as a lifeguard? Saint Joseph's College is offering the American Red Cross certification for Waterfront Lifeguarding, which teaches the skills to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies, including CPR and first aid.

Classes meet Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Alfond Recreation Center on the Standish campus. The cost is $350.

Participants must be at least 15 years old by June 27 and able to swim 500 meters without stopping. In addition, they need to pass an endurance test which consists of the following:

* Swim five yards, submerge and retrieve three diving rings placed 5 yards apart in 4-7 feet of water, resurface and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool;
* Starting in the water, swim 20 yards, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10- pound brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using the ladder or stairs within 100 seconds.

Persons attending all classes, scoring an 80 pecent or better on the written test, and performing all water skills satisfactorily will receive the American Red Cross Training certificates for Waterfront Lifeguarding with First Aid and CPR/FRP-AED.

For more information, call Andy Bott, Director of Aquatics, at 207-893-6669.

June 9, 2008 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu