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Lifeguard Training Course Buyers
What you need to ask and know about picking a course and a training facility
that is right for you!
All lifeguard certification agencies have an Authorized Provider network
that is used to provide training for their certification courses. However,
all Authorized Providers are not the same! While they each offer a valid
certification, the student does not always receive the same materials,
instruction, or support. Know before you buy—ask the questions listed
in our Buying Guide:
|What version of Lifeguard Training is offered? Most facilities
accept American Red Cross Lifeguard Training for their employees, and most
training centers offer it. However, the Red Cross Lifeguard Training course
underwent a major revision for 2012. Changes in techniques based on actual
emergencies and research in areas of CPR and First Aid were implemented.
Teaching materials were completely revised. However, some training centers
continue to teach the older version; this is also the main reason for price
differences. Perhaps more importantly, you would want to be trained in the
LATEST techniques in the event of an emergency, where YOU would be responsible
for knowing and using them to protect the lives of your patrons!
|How long have the instructors been certified and taught Lifeguard and
CPR/First Aid Classes? What are their backgrounds in instruction and employment?
This is important to consider, as teaching techniques can vary greatly.
Look for instructors that are mature and experienced in classroom methods
for a variety of learning styles. Experienced professional teachers and
coaches usually provide the best instruction, as they understand how learning
best takes place with a variety of students, and provide better class management.
|Do you get to keep the books and resuscitation masks provided, or are
they returned at the end of the course? The Lifeguard Manual should be a
tool for ongoing review and reference for what you are trained to do. In
the brief instructional period required for certification, there is potential
for loss of retention of the material. Being able to review and practice
the material throughout the season, and look up answers to questions about
techniques and procedures is essential to thorough knowledge and mastery
of a Lifeguard’s responsibilities.
|Does the training centers have enough equipment for each student or team
of students to have their own to use in the drills and scenarios, or is
the equipment in short supply? When there is not enough training equipment
to go around much of the time in class that is counted as “instructional
time” is actually spent as “wait time” for shared equipment?
More actual time spent practicing the techniques is essential to mastering
|Does the training centers use social media such as their own Website,
Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts? These can be great resources for networking
with other lifeguards and instructors, and an invaluable source of information
on techniques, emergency situations, employment opportunities, and social
|Where does the instruction take place? Is the classroom instruction in
a well-equipped, climate-controlled room with desks, or on the pool deck
or in the mechanical room? What audio-visual equipment is available for
the training videos? How are the written tests administered? Is the pool
indoors or outdoors? Is it a heated pool? Are there adequate facilities
for changing, restrooms, and lunch/snack breaks? Student comfort is essential
for proper learning, practice, and testing in the academic portions of the
|What is the monetary cost? What form or forms of payment are accepted?
What is the refund policy for those who cannot complete the course, must
withdraw from the course, or fail the course? Is there a policy for make-up
of missed classes? At the end of the class do you get your certification
or does the training center hold it until you complete your employment with
them?All agencies set their own prices and policies. By asking the proper
questions, you can see if a lower price is really getting you the instructional
advantages you need to be the best and most professional Lifeguard you can
|If your child is considering employment as a Lifeguard, your role is much
more involved than, say, helping him or her obtain and keep a job at the
local fast-food establishment! Because a Lifeguard is considered a Professional
Rescuer, you and your child need to ask the questions above when selecting
a training center for Lifeguard Training. As a Professional Rescuer, your
child—and, in a larger sense, you as their parent-- will be responsible
for the lives of people in an aquatic environment. Receiving the BEST possible
training available for your child should be your first and most important
concern in selecting your training center! Click Here for more information
on the parents role when their minor child is a lifeguard.