The class is sponsored by the Department of Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Senior Services’ Division of Recreation. American Red Cross-certified Instructors will teach the class. There is a $50 initial cost due on the first day of class for participants. The class schedule is located in the blue box on the flyer. Participants can pre-register by calling the John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center at (973) 733-6550 or the Division of Recreation at (973) 733-6454.
“People who attain these lifelong skills will gain the unique opportunity to safeguard the lives of others,” Mayor Baraka said. “I urge people to get involved with this program, and learn these valuable skills because you may save a life. Help us continue to make Newark safer for all.”
Participants should bring a blank $50 money order to the class, so that if they fail, the money can be refunded.
Participants must be on time and participate in all classes per session. They need not be Newark residents. They must also demonstrate competency in all skills/activities, attend all sessions, complete final rescue skill scenarios and pass all exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.
The course will require participants to swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing, using the front crawl, breast stroke, or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Participants must also tread water for two minutes, using only the legs, complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds, and surface dive, feet or head first to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Participants must bring swimwear, cap, and a towel, to all classes.
“Lifeguards are needed at swimming pools, beaches, and camps all across North Jersey,” said Director Council. “For teenagers and college students, working as a summer lifeguard can be a way to help pay for school and tuition expenses, while performing valuable and life-saving community service at the same time.”