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Swim coach, lifeguard classes offered
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LARGO – As local swimming pools look to hire for peak attendance, the Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department announces the beginning of two classes to help experienced swimmers with their employment goals at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road.

A Water Safety Instructor class is scheduled Saturdays, March 1-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A mandatory, prerequisite for the class is a swim stroke skill testing on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The cost of the classes is $215 for residents and $255 for nonresidents. Certified trainers will instruct students in various methods of teaching at all levels of swimming using American Red Cross teaching techniques. Class includes two-year certification. Students will be provided with books and training materials.

The city’s American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class will be held Monday through Friday, March 24-28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost is $195 for residents and $225 for nonresidents. The American Red Cross books and materials costs are included.

This class is open to anyone 15 years of age and older who wish to begin a career in lifeguarding. Participants will be tested on the first day of class on their ability to complete the following: a 300 yard continuous swim, retrieval and a 10 pound brick swim from a depth of 7 to 10 feet of water.

This course teaches the skills necessary to become an American Red Cross certified lifeguard, which is widely accepted throughout the aquatic profession. Students who successfully complete the 40-hour course will receive certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer and First Aid.

All individuals must have a city Recreation Card to participate in either class. These classes fill up fast so enroll today. For more information or to register, contact Southwest Pool at 518-3126 or visit Largo­Pools­.com.
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