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Nassau Lifeguard Courses Announced

Aquatic Center features lifeguard instruction classes beginning this month.

The 2013 lifeguard instruction courses have been announced at Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow.

Lifeguard Instruction Course No. 1:

Registration starts: Feb. 11, 8 a.m.

Pre-Test: Feb. 28, 5 p.m. (1st class takes place after pre-test)

Class day and time: Thursdays from 5-8:30 p.m.

Dates: Feb. 28-May 2

Cost: $250 (includes class/book/materials) plus a $5 class registration fee

Lifeguard Instruction Course No. 2:

Registration starts: Feb 11, 8 a.m.

Pre-Test: Feb 28, 5 p.m.

Class day and time: Sundays from 12-4:30 p.m.

Dates: March 3-April 28

Cost: $250 (includes class/book/materials) plus a $5 class registration fee

Details:

  • Participants must be at least 16 years old before the last date of the class.
  • Registrants must pass a pre-test in order to participate in the class.  Pre-test requirements are listed below.
  • Registration is first come, first serve.  Class size is limited to 10 spots. A Nassau County Leisure Pass is required at the time of registration.
  • After 10 spots are filled, a waitlist will be formed to fill in any pre-test failures.  There is no fee to be placed on the waitlist.
  • The $250 fee to be paid before the first class starts but only after passing the pre-test.
  • No absences are permitted.  Registration and program fees are non-refundable. 

Pre-Test Requirements:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously using only these strokes in the following order: 100 yards front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing propellant kick; 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence; and 100 yards of either front crawl using rhythmic breathing or breaststroke.  These 100 yards may be a mixture of front crawl and breaststroke. (Note: There is no time requirement for this skill.  The participant must show only that he or she can swim 300 yards using the above strokes without stopping).
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke; surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet of water, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.  The time is complete once the participant has exited the water and is standing up on the pool deck. 

Lifeguard Prep Class:

Registration starts: Feb. 11, 8 a.m.

Class day and time: Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Dates: Feb. 28-May 2

Cost: $55 plus a $5 registration fee 

Details:

  • Participants must be between the ages of 13-15.
  • Participants must be able to perform the same pre-test requirements listed for the lifeguard instruction course and/or must have completed Level 6 of the Learn to Swim program.
  • Registration is first come, first serve.  Class size is limited to 10 spots.
  • A Nassau County Leisure Pass is required at the time of registration.

Note: Schedules are subject to change. 

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