Western Connecticut State University Adjunct Instructor of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences Alexandra Hall-Heron will offer lifeguard certification classes from 6 to 9 p.m. from Monday, March 12, through Thursday, March 15, at the O'Neill Center pool on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Certification will have an online component as well as pool time. The one-credit class costs $492 plus fees. The public is invited to register.
The lifeguarding certification has a prerequisite skill set. Participants in the class must be able to accomplish the following:
- Swim 300 yards continuously as a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.
- Swim 550 yards continuously for a Waterfront Certification.
- Tread water for two minutes using legs only.
- Submerge to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10-pound brick, then swim 20 yards upon resurfacing.
- Swim five yards and retrieve three scattered dive rings submerged at a depth of 4-7 feet.
- Pass all written tests and practical water rescues.
The course will cover lifeguarding, waterfront lifeguarding, cardiopulmonary respiration, automated external defibrillator training and first aid practices.
Upon completion of the prerequisites and course testing, participants will be certified and able to lifeguard at any pool or waterfront anywhere in the United States.