Red Cross Training Schedule – October 2018- June 2019

The YMCA Greenwich is a proud provider of American Red Cross health and safety training.
We offer the latest course curriculum in Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor, First Aid, CPR/
AED (for both the Professional Rescuer and the lay responder), Connecticut Childcare,
Babysitter’s Training, and more. Our course offerings are open to members and non members
year round.

LIFEGUARD TRAINING (NEW 2017 Red Cross course curriculum) –
Provides entry-level participants 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 EMS personnel take over. Participants indicate to the instructor what
level of certification they wish to pursue as detailed below:
Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED – this level of certification prepares individuals to guard at
indoor and outdoor POOL facilities only. Successful participants earn certification that is valid
for 2 years.

Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED with Waterfront Skills – prepares individuals to guard at indoor
and outdoor pools, as well as guard at non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks,
resorts, summer camps and campgrounds (lakes, rivers, streams, the non-surf Long Island
Sound, ponds, etc). Successful participants earn certification that is valid for 2 years. Students
need to bring their own set of search mask and fins to complete the waterfront skills portion of
the training. Goggles do not suffice.

BLENDED LEARNING format – our Lifeguard training courses are offered in a blended learning
format which allows participants to complete approximately 7 hours worth of the required
content ONLINE that will prepare them to attend in-person skill sessions where they practice
skills and demonstrate competency. Participants MUST REGISTER ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE
to allow ample time to start the online course work prior to Day 1 of training. Email the instructor
(AngelaReeve@optonline.net) once you have registered with the facility to request the Student
Syllabus detailing how to access the online course work.

PRE-REQUISITES include: 15 years of age by the last scheduled day of class, and must pass
a PRE-REQUISITE SWIM SKILLS EVALUATION:
Pre-Req Swim Skills Evaluation for Lifeguarding:
Goggles may be used for the 300 yard continuous swim only.
– Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.
Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both but
swimming on the back or side is not allowed;
– Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs;
– Complete a timed event within 1 min 40 secs — Starting in the water, swim 20 yards,
surface dive (feet first or head first) to a depth of 7’ – 10’ to retrieve a 10 pound object,
resurface and return to the starting point by with both hands holding the object and
keeping the face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath, and exit the
water without using a ladder or steps.

Pre-Req Swim Skills Evaluation for Lifeguarding with Waterfront Skills:
Goggles may be used for the 550 yard continuous swim only.
– 550 yard continuous swim demonstrating rhythmic breathing (front crawl, breaststroke,
or any combination of front crawl and breaststroke);
– Tread water for 2 minutes using legs only;
– Complete a timed event within 1 min 40 secs — Starting in the water, swim 20 yards,
surface dive (head or feet first) to retrieve a 10 pound brick from at least 7-9’ deep water,
resurface and return to the starting point by swimming 20 yards on back with two hands
on the brick at all times, and exit without using the steps or ladder. Goggles may be
used for the 300 yard continuous swim, but for no other part of the pre-requisite swim
skills evaluation.

– Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet
of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
2018 Pre-Requisite Swim Skills Evaluation Dates or Lifeguard Training:
Candidates can come in during any of the times listed below for a free swim evaluation (plan on
staying 45 minutes). Those who pass the pre-req swim skills requirements will be excused from
swimming the evaluation on Day 1 of training. Those who do not pass will have the opportunity
to practice and re-attempt the pre-req swim skills evaluation on Day 1 of training. Failure to
pass the pre-req swim skills requirements on Day 1 of training constitutes cancellation (no
refund applies). However, a student who fails their pre-req swim skills on Day 1 of training may
request that their registration fee be applied toward a future course offering (a $75 processing
fee applies, one time request only).