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AMERICAN RED CROSS WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR COURSE The American Red Cross is offering a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course at the SPAR Pool on Saturdays in March and Mardi Gras break (March 7 and 8), beginning March 5. Classes will be taught from 8:30-11:30 AM and 12:00-3:00 PM on the following Saturdays: March 12, 19, and 26. On Monday-Tuesday March 7 and 8 classes will be from 8:30-11:30 AM and 12:30-3:30 PM. All interested candidates must be at least 16 years of age (on or before the final scheduled day of the course-NO EXCEPTIONS), have completed the American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) course, and pass the Pre course skills tests. A minimum of six qualified candidates (those who meet the course prerequisites) is needed for the course to be conducted. To pass the course, one must attend and participate in all sessions, successfully complete the practice teach assignments, and pass the written exam with a minimum score of 80. Prerequisite skills consist of swimming each of the following strokes 25 yards: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke. Each candidate must swim the butterfly 15 yards. Stroke performance will be evaluated by the American Red Cross Level 4 standards. Each candidate must perform two additional tests: maintaining one’s position on the back for one minute in deep water and treading water for one minute. The prerequisite skills test will be at the SPAR pool on Saturday March 5 from 1:30-2:30 PM. The Fundamentals of Instructor Training course will be offered at the American Red Cross on Saturday March 5 from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. To register for the courses, contact the American Red Cross Health and Safety Director Beki Derise at 478-5122. Deadline for registration is Wednesday March 2. Cost of the course is $250 (includes the FIT course).
LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Understand the value of behaving in a professional manner. • Recognize an aquatic emergency, and act promptly an appropriately. • Perform equipment-based rescue skills and techniques used by lifeguards. • Recognize and care for possible spinal injury. • Learn how to recognize and respond to respiratory and cardiac emergencies in infants, children, and adults. • Learn the role of the professional rescuer in providing emergency care. PREREQUISITES These prerequisites are done at the start of class. One (1) attempt is given to successfully complete them. Should a student fail to complete the following prerequisites he/she will automatically fail the course and no monies paid are refundable. • Minimum age of 15 by the last session of the class. • Swim 300 yards continuously as follows: 300 yard swim with 100 yards of front crawl, 100 yards of breast stroke and 100 yards of either. • For breaststroke the skill must be demonstrated using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence. • 20 yards back and forth swim with surface dive ( while in the water) to retrieve a 10-pound object from a depth of 7-10 feet in 1:40. CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS • Successfully complete all written exams with a minimum score of 80%. • Successfully perform and complete all skills and skills scenarios. • Attend all classes. No exceptions. Missed sessions cannot be made up. Fees • Course fee of $250 includes all necessary textbooks. • NO REFUNDS will be given after the class and prerequisites. There will be a 20% administrative charge for any refunds given prior to the start of the class and prerequisites.

The purpose of this two(2) day American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course is to provide individuals, ages 11 to 15, with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; basic care; safety and safe play; Adult, Child, Infant CPR and first aid. Please check back frequently for more exciting events.


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