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American Red Cross lifeguarding Course

May 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - May 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will offer the American Red Cross lifeguarding course May 5-7 and May 12-14 at the Robert G. Wilson Recreation Complex swimming pool. Participants must be able to attend every class, which will be from 4-7 p.m. Fridays, May 5 and May 12; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, May 6 and May 13 and 2-6 p.m. Sundays, May 7 and May 14. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 4. The cost of the course is $250.

Participants must meet all of the pre-requisites and requirements listed on the course information sheet and return the following to NSU Rec Complex Pro Shop on or before the registration date:

  • Completed Application
  • Signed Letter of Understanding
  • Proof of Age
  • Course Fee – checks to be made payable to: NSU Rec Complex

Class size is limited to 15 participants and is filled on a first-come basis. Additionally, registration must be at least 10 participants per session for the course to be held.

Applications can be picked up at the NSU Rec Complex Pro Shop or the City of Natchitoches Recreation Department (MLK Center).

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. It also covers how bloodborne pathogens are spread; how to help prevent exposure incidents and how to recognize, report and follow up on employee exposures to infectious materials. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries.

Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact Cindy Davis to discuss this before the course begins.

To enroll in the lifeguarding course, participants must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session and must be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
    • – 100 yards of breaststroke with a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
    • – 100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.
    • – 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front.
  • Complete a timed event (1 min 40 seconds) by starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  • Tread water for two minutes using the legs only (hands must be above the surface or placed under the armpits.

The skill evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class.

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding course, each participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Lifeguarding/First Aid, which is valid for 2 years, and an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, which is valid for 2 years, as well as an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Bloodborne Pathogens Training.

For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Cindy Davis, American Red Cross instructor and director of aquatics at (318) 357-6301 or


May 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
May 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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