LISD students to earn lifeguard certifications

Kids as young as 15 years old can become lifeguards.

Students must already have a knowledge of swimming.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Does your child like to swim? Well how about saving lives?

Students can become lifeguards through courses being offered this spring semester at the Laredo Independent School District. The class will train students for employment that most people can have starting as young as 15 years of age and continue well into their adult years.

The school district is adding this course by introducing the American Red Cross lifeguarding class for all LISD high school juniors and seniors. The Department of Physical Education along with the Career and Technology Department are targeting students who are enrolled in the CTE program and gear them towards receiving a certification in lifeguarding.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Students who are interested in obtaining a lifeguard certificate must already have some knowledge and fundamental skills of swimming. Prerequisites for joining theclass are as follows: Students must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course, swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, tread water for two minutes using only the legs, and complete a timed event within one minute and forty seconds.

Students will use the LISD Civic Center pool and must attend CPR/AED training prior to the first instruction day, which is set to begin March 10th. The course will run through March 14 and end with a final written examination on March 15. A total of three sessions will be held throughout the spring semester with only 10 students per session. Swimmers who are interested must first be screened and meet all the prerequisites before being allowed to partake in the sessions.

The school district will waive any fees for the students who will be obtaining their lifeguard certification. LISD American Red Cross Lifeguard coaches Basilio Salas and James Silva will instruct all courses. Students who obtain certification will also be able to apply for summer employment as lifeguards throughout the city and with the Laredo Independent School District.

LISD students who are currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade and who already have knowledge of swimming and are interested in learning on how to become a lifeguard, may contact Mendoza at (956) 635-0669.

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