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May 10, 2016

Chandler pools prepare swimmers to be lifeguards

Get a head start on a future as a lifeguard by enrolling in Chandler’s Junior Lifeguarding program.

The program introduces participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard; however, this course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. Participants will have an introduction to First Aid and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguard course.

“The Junior Lifeguard program is an excellent opportunity to get a head start on a future as a lifeguard,” said Chris Smith, a Chandler Aquatic Coordinator. “This program is designed to provide quality water safety education, teamwork, leadership and improving physical conditioning. Junior Lifeguards also have the opportunity to shadow our professional lifeguard staff.”

Junior lifeguard training is limited to 20 participants and is for swimmers ages 10 to 15. Upon turning 15, those who’ve successfully completed the program will be prepared to enroll in the Lifeguard certification program.

To participate in the Junior Lifeguarding program, swimmers must be able to tread water for one minute, float on their back for 30 seconds, submerge and swim 10 feet under water and swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side. The programs are offered throughout the months of June and July at Arrowhead Pool and the Hamilton, Mesquite Groves and Nozomi Aquatic Centers.

Registration fees for the Junior Lifeguarding program are $57 for residents and $74 for non-residents. For more information and to register, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics, or call 480-782-2750.