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Start Training Now, Become a Lifeguard Next Summer

The outdoor pools are closed and your sun-kissed summer skin is starting to fade. Summer seems so far away but it’s only 7 months until the pools re-open! Why not start planning NOW for that summer job as a Pool Operator or Life Guard? Who knows – you might even be able to get work at one of the county’s indoor pools over the winter where it always feels like summer. Montgomery County Recreation offers American Red Cross courses designed for Aquatics professionals from pool operators, to lifeguards, to lifeguard instructors.

Pool Operators (training course is 2 sessions, $130 and review course is 1 session, $80)
We offer a safety-training course and a review course for those looking to take the Montgomery County Pool Operator test. Students must attend both sessions for the pool operator course, and one session for the review course, both of which are held at the Montgomery County Recreation offices, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. Students must also apply to the Department of Health and Human Services for the County Pool Operator License once they have successfully completed the course and passed the test. For more information and for a complete list of course dates call 240-777-6860 or visit RecWeb and search on “lifeguard” under advanced search.

Lifeguard Instructor Training (6 sessions, $295)
Students taking this class must possess strong swimming and rescue skills and are encouraged to already be in possession of current American Red Cross Lifeguard training, CPR and first aid certifications, though they are not required. The goal of this course is for students to earn their American Red Cross certified Lifeguard Training and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Instructor certificates. Students must be at least 17 years old and attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
362964 starting 12/20 at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
For a complete list of sessions see page 21 of The Guide or search on course #362964 on RecWeb.

Lifeguard Training (9 sessions, $195)
Students taking this course will train to be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Certifications are valid for 2 years and attendance is required at all sessions in order to obtain certification. Participants must be 15 years old by the last day of the course and proof of age will be required at the first class. There is a pre-check to the course that includes a 300 meter swim (freestyle or breaststroke), treading water for 2 minutes with only use of the legs, and this course: swimming 20 yards (free or breast) with a surface dive to 7-10 feet, retrieving a 10 lb. object, returning to the surface and swimming 20 yards back to starting position in under 1 min 40 sec.
362720 starting 10/4 at Germantown Indoor Swim Center from 7:30 – 9:00 pm
363676 starting 10/4 at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center from 7:00 – 9:30 pm
362728 starting 10/7 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center from 7:00 – 9:30 pm
362736 starting 10/2 at Olney Swim Center from 6:30 – 9:00 pm
For a complete list of sessions see pages 22-25 of The Guide or search on course number on RecWeb