Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Be a lifeguard at the Hailey pool


    Learning to be a lifeguard is a great way to spend summer if you’re a teenager with a desire to make a difference and make some money.
    First, you’ll have to take a comprehensive training course to lifeguard at Hailey’s Blaine County Recreation District Aquatic Center.
    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 15-17 and May 23-24 at the Fox Acres Rd. facility across from the Community Campus.
    Cost is $125 per person. Scholarships are available. Register at the BCRD office in Hailey’s Community Campus building by Friday, May 9.
    Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of age, be physically fit and be committed to providing a safe aquatic environment. They should be able to swim four lengths of the pool (100 yards). Previous experience as a lifeguard is helpful, but not necessary to take the course.
    The Aquatic Center is an Ellis and Associates lifeguarding facility, which means that candidates are trained by Ellis protocol.
    “Ellis is the recognized leader in aquatic safety,” said BCRD Fitness and Aquatics Director Cameron King. “We do not accept ‘Red Cross,’ ‘YMCA,’ or any other guard training certification.”
    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 mandatory lifeguard “tryouts” for those interested in working as a lifeguard this summer at the BCRD pool. “We train and then we hire,” said King.
    For more info, contact King at 578-5456 or e-mail Or sign up in person at the BCRD.
    Get more details on BCRD swim programs on page 15 of this special section.

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