Two new classes for renewal and new lifeguards, taught by Merci McCarthy

See the Forums for more details and how to get into the class.

Once class is to begin on March 30, 2019, and have its second in-water date on April 6. Sunday is the First Aid and CPR, location to be announced later.

Other course is slated for April 27, 2019, and have its second in-water date on May 4.

Teacher with new lifeguard students.
Merci McCarthy, Red Cross Instructor Trainer, offers lifeguard classes with the Saturday Swim School.

Allegheny County Lifeguards’ Swim Exams are harder than most others because the pools are bigger

The swim test for lifeguard candidates goes something like this:

  • Swim 500 yards (20 lengths) in under 10-minutes.
  • Swim a 50-yard freestyle without goggles in under 33-seconds.
  • After a dive, do an underwater kick of 25-yards without goggles.
  • Brick return begins with a 15 yard swim, surface dive, pick-up the brick from the deep end and make it in 11-seconds or less.
  • Two different types of brick towing happen for 50-yards, under a time of 1:10 or 1:15. One is kick on the back holding the brick with both hands. The other is kicking on the side with the brick on the hip.
  • Two-minute treading with the brick in your hands.

This is not an official score-sheet and rules, but only a transcription of a conversation with a guard. So, your miles may vary. If you see an error, or have further details, write in the comments.

Question of the day

https://www.quora.com/If-you-see-someone-being-attacked-by-a-shark-while-you-are-in-the-vicinity-would-you-try-to-help-the-person-or-get-out-of-the-water?__nsrc__=4

Question:

If you see someone being attacked by a shark while you are in the vicinity, would you try to help the person or get out of the water?

Answer:

Lola Correa posted:

Get out of the water first, then attempt to help the person by throwing a flotation device or rope or something. Creating two victims that need rescuing is no help to anyone especially the first responder rescuers. The first rule of professional rescuers like Firefighters and EMS is “scene safety.” If you your self become another victim you’re doing no help at all especially to the original victim.

Lifeguard Courses as part of Saturday Swim School

Pending enrollment

If too few people enroll for the course, it will not occur. If more than 10 enroll, another teacher is required. Pointers to other courses are expected and encouraged too. Fees are expected and not published here.

Future Courses — But, ALL CLASSES are FILLED already:

The demand for these lifeguard classes are high!

Lifeguard Course is to meet in the water on Saturdays, April 7 and April 14, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Oliver High School, 2323 Brighton Road, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Plus, a Sunday session is slated for the CPR, AED and First Aid portions at a meeting room in Sewickley from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on April 8, 2018.

Next Lifeguard Course: April 28 and May 5, 2018, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Oliver High School,  2323 Brighton Road, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Plus, a Sunday session is slated for the CPR, AED and First Aid portions at a meeting room in Sewickley from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on April 29.

Insights:

A third session for each course is needed to cover the dry time for learning, practicing and testing for the CPR and First Aid sections of the class. Those sessions are yet to be scheduled and may be at another facility.

The teacher for both of these courses is Merci, the head swim coach for the teams at Oakland Catholic and Central Catholic.

Cost:

The cost to get re certified is $100. The cost for new lifeguards is $190.  You will need to bring a check to the first class period.

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