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Courses provide training for those seeking lifeguarding and swim instructor positions

Published 1:30 pm, Thursday, May 19, 2011
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The Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor courses in Fairfield County this spring.

Lifeguard training

The Lifeguard Training course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will receive certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillation and lifeguard training. To enroll, participants must be at least 15 years of age. Cost is $330. It takes place at Norwalk High School Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Water safety instructor

The Water Safety Instructor Course teaches the skills and knowledge to teach and run swimming lesson programs. To enroll in this course participants must be at least 16 years of age. The cost for the Water Safety Instructor Course is $330. It takes place at Staples High School in Westport Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from 5 to 10 p.m.

Lifeguard instructor

The Lifeguard Instructor course teaches the skills and knowledge to teach Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED and First Aid. Individuals must be at least 17 years of age and hold a current Lifeguard Training certification. Cost for the course is $300. It takes place at the Darien YMCA June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The American Red Cross in Connecticut helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.

For more information or to register contact Jack Harder at 203-683-4292 or register online at www.ctredcross.org.