The McCoy Natatorium is an Authorized Provider of American Red Cross programs. Shawn DeRosa, Penn State's Director of Aquatics, worked closely with the American Red Cross to develop the revised 2012 American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program. Penn State lifeguards and staff also assisted with the new program, helping provide skill demonstrations for the new videos. What better way to start your journey as a lifeguard than to take the course from the people who helped develop the program?!
Each spring Penn State Aquatics offers the PSU Lifeguard Academy. This fast-paced lifeguard training course is designed for the busy college or high school student to learn 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 emergency medical services personnel take over.
Participation in all class sessions is required. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.
Summer 2013 Lifeguading Course Schedule
Attendance at all class sessions required:
Course Code 505
Prerequisites: To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must be at least 15 years old before the last scheduled class session. To participate in the course, you must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation that includes the following:
The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur prior first day of the course. We strongly recommend that you practice the skills before the skills evaluation. If you do not pass the pre-course assessment, you will have some time to practice your skills and re-attempt a second pre-course skills assessment. If you are unable to complete both assessments or choose not to attempt the second, we will refund the price of the course less a $25 administrative fee.
To successfully complete the course, you must complete all online components, attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.
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 Penn State Aquatics to discuss this before the course begins. If you have asthma and use a metered dose inhaler, we recommend bringing your inahler with you onto the pool deck and advising your instructor of its location.
For those with current American Red Cross Lifegaurd Training certification, we offer a Lifeguarding Review course which will allow you to renew all of your certifications. Proof of certification is required on the first day of the review. The review course is only about 20 hours long (including breaks) - about 1/2 of the time needed to complete the full lifeguarding course with the additional modules (Oxygen Administration and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission.) Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Participants must supply their own rescue mask.
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