What is A Lifeguard course Degree?
Needless to say, you’d better be a pretty good swimmer before getting the training to be a lifeguard. Depending on the area and program, you may have to be at least 15 or 16 years old and be able to swim the crawl or breaststroke without resting for 100 yards; to do a feet-first surface dive to get a 10-lb. brick off the bottom of an 8-foot deep pool and bring it to the surface; swim underwater for 15 seconds; swim various specified strokes with your head up; and tread water without using your arms for 1-2 minutes.
Pool and Waterfront Lifeguard training programs are offered by numerous organizations, depending on where you live. So, if you’re near a large body of water, you’ll want to have more than pool certification. Be sure to pick a program that offers the certifications that are needed in your area. Some programs are what are called “hybrid” programs because they mix online and classroom training along with lots of practice situations in the pool where you demonstrate your abilities. Most programs will cover things like surveillance (watching for swimmers in trouble) and rescue skills, first aid and CPR, and teamwork. You’ll have to be willing and able to motivate yourself to prepare well outside of the class.