GRAFTON—The weather is beginning to warm up and summer is inching closer and closers, and many residents are ready to throw on their suits and hit the cool blue waters at the local pool. But before guests can take a dip, staffers must first undergo certification in lifesaving techniques.
With hopes of a successful season, the Grafton City Municipal Pool will be hosting lifeguard classes in the near future, to ensure that swimmers and their families stay safe.
The first class to be offered will be a recertification for individuals wishing to continue on in their lifeguard positions.
Recertification instruction will take place on Saturday, May 8, at the Grafton City Municipal Pool, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
For those individuals hoping to obtain lifeguard certification for the first time, classes will be held at the pool on Saturday, May 15, and then again on Saturday, May 22. Both of those classes will begin at 9:00 a.m., as well.
Certification classes will also be held on Sunday, May 16 and Sunday, May 23 for lifeguard hopefuls to learn the basics of first aid, CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The Sunday sessions will be held at the 12th Street Pool in Fairmont, starting at 9:00 a.m.
The full class is three days, and participants must come to both classes the first weekend on May 15 and 16, one in Grafton and one in Fairmont.
Individuals will then choose one day the second weekend to attend in either Grafton on May 22 or Fairmont on May 23.
All classes will run from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.
During the course, participants will earn certification through the American Red Cross’s Lifeguarding program. Not only will the course cover the abovementioned topics, but it will also test an individual’s agility and swimming skills.
According to Chris Davis, who is holding the classes, participants will have to meet certain criteria in the pool in order to obtain certification.
“We will have three physical tests that they must perform,” he said. “The first will be a 300-meter swim, either breaststroke or freestyle, without stopping.”
After that, hopefuls will have to demonstrate a strong treading technique.
“The second evaluation will center on treading of water,” Davis shared. “In this test, the participant will have to tread water using only their legs for a period of two minutes.”
In the final test, class-goers will have to put multiple skills into action, while under the stopwatch.
“The third test will require the individual to swim 20 yards before performing a surface dive to collect a 10-pound weight, and then swim back to the starting point,” Davis explained. “The swimmer will then be required to exit the pool without using a latter. They must complete all of that in one minute and 40 seconds or less.”
The cost for the recertification class will be $150 per person, while the first-time certification class will cost $250 per participant.
Anyone 15 years of age or older can take part in the classes.
For more information, please contact Chris Davis by phone at 304-669-0469.