Lifeguards are invaluable team members for any aquatics facility. They make sure customers are safe in the water. They can teach swim lessons if they have their Water Safety Instructor certification. Plus, lifeguards are there in case of any emergency to offer their life-saving skills.
Who might make a good lifeguard candidate? Someone that is athletic, enjoys sports, participates in swim teams, or likes to swim to stay in shape. If this sounds like you, becoming a lifeguard might be the right fit. It can be a fantastic job for students fifteen and older, young adults, teachers, or parents.
Greeley Recreation offers the American Red Cross certified lifeguard training course. The course is a hybrid format with an online curriculum and in-person learning. For the online piece, participants watch a series of videos about swim skills and rescues. They then test their knowledge after viewing the online content. Candidates must pass the online tests before moving on to the in-person part. When you meet with instructors in-person, they will have you swim 300 yards, tread water for two minutes, and do a timed rescue. The aquatics staff provides group instructional pieces on CPR, AED training, and the written exam. You’ll need to pass the test’s written and swim portions to become certified. Your lifeguard certification is good for two years.
Upcoming Lifeguard Training Course
There are two opportunities to take lifeguard training this spring from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Greeley Recreation Center, located at 651 10th Avenue:
Water Safety Instructor Course
The Water Safety Instructor course (WSI™) teaches basic swimming and safety programs for all age groups. You’ll learn how to instruct parent/tot classes, Learn to Swim Levels 1-6, and adult swim programs. Greeley Recreation will be offering this course in conjunction with the May lifeguarding course:
If you pass a Lifeguard Training course or already hold an American Red Cross certification, then you can apply for a job with the City of Greeley.
All city-employed lifeguards are reimbursed for advanced certifications such as Lifeguard Recertification, Water Safety Instructor Certification, and Lifeguard Instructor Certification.
Greeley Recreation’s Refer a Friend with city aquatics staff is underway. Individuals that refer the most lifeguards to work for the City of Greeley will have the opportunity to win a prize.
For more information about lifeguarding, visit GreeleyRec.com/program/lifeguard-training or call 970-350-9401.
April 5, 2023