Welcome to the lifeguard training web site at Washingtonville High School. This site has been developed to answer many of the questions that your may have in regards to the lifeguard training course. This class is taught by your Aquatic Specialists in Physical Education, Ms. Riley and Mr. Ryan. They are American Red Cross instructors.
Participants in the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course learn the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. It prepares students to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to these emergencies and thus prevent drownings and other injuries.
The course includes certifications in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillation Training (AED), Standard First Aid and Waterfront Lifeguarding. (Another pre-requisited swim test is given for this module in class) This is a semester long course. It meets every other day for 90 minutes.
WHO TAKES THIS COURSE ?
Any responsible mature 10th, 11th, or 12th grader who is 15 years or older upon entrance to the class itself, is eligible to try out for the course. You must be a proficient swimmer as there is a national ARC pre-requisite swim test given prior to assignment to the course.
WHAT IS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE?
The following skills would be included in this training:
1.) Rescue skills including identification of various types of victims, entries, approach strokes, assists, rescues and tows, surface dives, exits and escapes.
2.) Spinal emergency skills including in-line stabilization, holds and turns and spinal back boarding on land and in shallow and deep water.
3.) CPR-PR skills including use of pocket masks and gloves, primary assessments, rescue breathing, modified jaw thrust, choking, CPR, use of bag valve mask and 2 man CPR. All skills are taught for adults, children and infants.
4.) A.E.D. training including knowledge of abnormal heart rhythms, understanding defibrilation and how it works, the role of CPR in cardiac arrest, precautions to take while using an A.E.D. and how to use an A.E.D. during CPR.
5.) Standard first aid training including secondary assessments, controlling external bleeding, application of a sling and binder, applying various types of splints and general first aid.
6.) Extras including learning how to search for a lifeguard job, filling out applications, contracts, interviewing and actually guarding classes for experience.
What are the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Prerequisites?
Pre-requisites include the following: (Testing is done each spring for the next years classes)
1.) Students must be 15 years old before the start of the class.
2.) Students must swim 300 yards continuously, using front crawl and breaststroke.
3.) Students must tread water for 2 minutes without support and without stopping. Only legs can be used. Arms are placed under the armpits. The head must be above the water.
4.) Students must start in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
WHEN IS THE PRE-REQUISITE TEST GIVEN? WHEN IS THE CLASS HELD?
If you are interested in this course the first thing that you need to do is sign up for the pre-requisite test with your guidance counselor when setting up your courses for next year. Guidance will in turn give the list of interested students to the aquatic physical education teachers. Those teachers will mail you a letter indicating when and how you are to take the swim pre-requisite test. It is given each spring only on a certain days. No exceptions! If you pass the test then your name will be given back to guidance. Guidance does the scheduling for next year. If guidance schedules you for the class it will appear on your schedule the following year. The class is always scheduled for Period 1 either Blue or Gold days, either semester.(fall or spring) There are times when guidance can not fit it into your schedule due to your other classes. This is a scheduling issue and should be addressed with your counselor.
WHERE IS THE CLASS HELD?
The class is usually held in one of two areas. Part of the course is classroom and this is located on the balcony level of the pool. The other part of the course is held in the pool itself. You will be told in each lesson where to report for the next session.
IS THERE A COST INVOLVED?
Yes there is a cost involved in this class. Since this is an American Red Cross course there is some equipment, supplies and certification costs. The cost outside of school can run much higher.
IS THERE TESTING INVOLVED DURING THE COURSE?
There is testing involved. You must successfully complete all required skills and skill scenarios. In addition to this there are ARC written exams that must be passed with a minimum grade of 80% or better on each section. These are ARC standards and can not be waived.
GRADING IN LGT FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDIT
Your Physical Education grade will be determined using the following items.
25%-written work- ARC tests and homework
25%- skills- ARC skills
What are the requirements for successful completion of the course?
- attending and participating in all class sessions
- demonstrating competency in all required skills and activities
- demonstrating competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios
-correctly answering at least 80% of the questions on each written test
Are there ground rules for this course?
Participants must demonstrate a professional attitude and mature behavior, including but not limited to:
- Being prepared for all class activities, including appropriate swim wear for all in-water skill sessions.
- Completing reading assignments and all other assignments.
- Behaving appropriately during activities.
- Making an effort to improve skills during practice sessions.
- Treating others with respect.
- Following all pool safety rules and any additional safety precautions as explained throughout the course.
- Demonstrate respect for the facility and equipment used in the course.
WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL CREDIT DO I RECEIVE?
This course can be taken in lieu of Physical Education for 1 semester. You will receive Physical Education credit for this class.
CAN I GUARD WHS SWIM CLASSES IF I PASS?
The Aquatic Physical Education schedule changes every 5 weeks. If we have a swim class when you are scheduled for Physical Education, you may lifeguard. However you will have to fill out an application, interview for the job, sign contracts, etc. You will have to earn your grade by performing various written and skill tests. You will also be observed and asked to keep a journal. This is all in addition to lifeguarding the physical education class in the water.
See your Aquatic Physical Education Specialists, Ms. Riley or Mr. Ryan. ***NOTE*** Failure to comply with ARC requirements will mean removal from the class and re-entrance to regular Physical Education class.