The City of Pacifica offers instruction in proper water rescue skills, how to recognize a water emergency and responsibilities/training of lifeguards. Successful completion of the lifeguarding course yields an American Red Cross certificate in lifeguarding, first aid, CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, oxygen administration and preventative disease transmission
Applicants must be at least 15 years old by the first day of training. Applicants also must perform the following: a 300 yard (12 laps) continuous swim test; a 100 yard front crawl with rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick; 100 yard breaststroke; surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point and exit the water without the help of a ladder in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
In order to successfully complete the course, participants must attend all classes, pass all practical skills tests and pass all written exams.
Register online at http://activenet.active.com/pacifica or at the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department Office at 1810 Francisco Boulevard in Pacifica.
Lifeguard training fees are $195 for Pacifica residents and $200 for non-residents.
Classes are held at the Brink Pool in Pacifica.
The class instructor is Vicki Russo, who can be reached at 650-738-7460 for more information.