Only 19% of Americans are aware that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of five.
Become a lifeguard. Red Cross Lifeguard Certification class taught by Coach Laurel McMahon of Northgate and Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Cost is $200 for new lifeguards. Cost is $100 for lifeguards that need re certifications.
See the CLOH.org Google Calendar for the exact dates and times, and register with an email to Laurel.
Classes begin at 9 am and finish by 3 pm.
Location for the course is at Oliver High School pool, 2323 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212. The last week, May 13, the class location might shift to the swim pool at Northgate High School.
A brotherhood and sisterhood among the guarding type exists. Being a guard is more of a duty and less of a means to a paycheck. Guarding is like breathing — a fabric of life for some of us.
Guarding goes from the swim pool deck to the beaches to the ski slopes and even to sites of civic protests. It ranges from the edges of forest fires to mines to factory floors and through ways everywhere. Scoutmasters, camp leaders and bike patrols have guarding instincts as well as day-care workers and those in elder centers. The focus of the guarding mentality is keen — but its settings are wide and diverse.