Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Train for a rewarding lifeguard job

At BCRD pool in Hailey


One of the best and most fun ways to spend a summer for a teenager is learning to be a lifeguard.

If you want to lifeguard at Hailey's Blaine County Recreation District Aquatic Center, you'll have to take a comprehensive training course.

Those interested in becoming a lifeguard at Hailey's county pool must attend and complete a five-day Lifeguard Training Course to be held May 18-26 at the Fox Acres Road facility.

Cost is $125 per person and scholarships are available.

Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of age, be physically fit and be committed to providing a safe aquatic environment for everyone. They should be able to swim four lengths of the pool.

The Aquatic Center is an Ellis and Associates lifeguarding facility and candidates will be trained according to Ellis protocol. "Ellis is the recognized leader in aquatic safety," said BCRD Fitness and Aquatics Director Cameron King.

People who complete the course will be certified in CPR, first aid and AED use. They will be trained in using supplemental oxygen and the latest in lifeguard techniques.

The course is designed as a stand-alone lifeguard course for those who want the knowledge, but it is also used as lifeguard "tryouts" for those interested in working as a lifeguard this summer at the BCRD pool.

"We train and then we hire," said King.

The swim test and orientation is Friday, May 18 from 4:30-7 p.m. followed by full-day sessions on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, and on Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26.

Attendees will be in the water every day and should bring a swimsuit, towel, warm and dry clothes and sunscreen. Also, bring snacks, lunch and a water bottle for longer days.

For more info, contact King at 578-2273 or e-mail Sign up in person at the BCRD office in the Community Campus.

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