American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course by building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills for future lifeguards. Participants are not required to master or perfectly execute skills. They should learn techniques and build stamina during this program. The Junior Lifeguard course does not certify participants in first aid, CPR or AED or as lifeguard.
Junior Lifeguarding is an effective transition from upper-level Learn-to-Swim courses to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program, challenging participants to stay involved with aquatics. The course also provides the participating agency with a know group from which to recruit future lifeguards. Junior Lifeguarding will introduce participants to: skills need for entry to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course, communication and decision-making skills, basic responsibilities of a lifeguard, basic knowledge and skill required to be a lifeguard. This course is design for youths 11 years of age, or those who have completed the 5th grade, though 14 years of age.
Participants must demonstrate the following skills the first day of class, to continue in the course; swim the front crawl for 25 yards, swim the breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 1 minute, float on the back for 30 seconds, and submerge and swim a distance of 10 yards under water. Ages 11-14.
Classes will be offered again in the Spring 2020.