Purpose of course:
The purpose of this course is to teach lifeguards the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.
All participants must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course and bring proof of a current Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. Upon arrival to the first day of class you will be asked to complete four prerequisite tests. They are as follows:
- Swim 550 yards continuously in a prone position demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Swimming on the back is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds.
- Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface, and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.
IF YOU DO NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE TESTS YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE WITH THE CLASS. NO EXCEPTIONS AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.
The practice sessions will require strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating, please contact us to discuss this before the course begins.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate via email in less than 1 week after the last day of the course. The certification is valid for two years.
What to bring/what is provided:
Books and materials will be available to you during the class but you will not be allowed to take them home. A free digital version of the manual can be provided to course participants upon request.
A bathing suit and towel are required and we recommend the suit is athletic in nature. The following items are recommended to bring to class but not required:
- Wearing comfortable clothing
- Long hair pulled back
- Sweatshirt or warm clothing
Snacks and drinks are allowed but please remember to clean up after yourself.
Location and Parking:
Our physical address is 1011 Academy Street, San Marcos TX 78666. If you need directions to our facility, visit our website here: Facilities & Fields
Students, faculty, and staff of Texas State are required to register their vehicle with Parking Services, and properly display the permit anytime the vehicle is parked on campus. If you do not have a permit and/or are not a Texas State affiliate you need to park at Speck Garage. Speck Garage has a pay and display machine which will issue a permit that is good from the time you purchase it until midnight that same day. It takes debit or credit and it will cost $5. Please visit Parking Services website for more maps and info (http://www.parking.txstate.edu/Regulations.html) or call 512-245-2887.