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Lifeguard Training Registration Now Open

Dec 28, 2015 07:25AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Have you always wanted to be a lifeguard? Now's the time to reach your goal! Registration is now open for Manhattan Beach residents to enroll for lifeguard certification training, and for other winter activities.

Through the lifeguard training class, participants will work toward certificates including American Red Cross C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer, AED and First Aid. Participants successfully completing this program will be qualified for lifeguard positions at pools in Manhattan Beach and other public and private agencies.

The prerequisites include: Must be at least 15 years old by March 23, 2016; and must be able to swim 500 yards nonstop (front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke). Class supplies will be provided; lifeguard training class books will be available for loan but or may be purchased for $35.

The class will meet at the Mira Costa High School pool on Friday, March 25, 2016 from 6:30 - 7:30pm for the prerequisite swim test. The course fee is $200 for residents and $220 for non-residents.

Across the United States, lifeguards rescue more than an estimated 100,000 persons from drowning annually, according to the Manhattan Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. Lifeguards are a critical part of the city's pool safety and recreation infrastructure.

Becoming an ocean lifeguard entails an additional set of requirements. To learn about becoming a L.A. County ocean lifeguard, please visit the LA County Lifeguards site for information about lifeguard recruitment and hiring.

Registration is now open for other Manhattan Beach winter activities including sports and classes for youth, adults, and older adults.

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