Ravenswood Pool Offers Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Training in March

Water Safety Instructor

PORT ST. LUCIE – St. Lucie County’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department is offering American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Training this March.

Teaching water safety saves lives and is one of the most rewarding jobs around. To participate in the March Water Safety Instructor classes: Candidates must be at least 16 years old, pass the pre-course exam; have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Instructor Training course and have 100 percent participation in the Water Safety Instructor course.

The pre-course examine will take place Friday, March 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will need to demonstrate the basic understanding and ability to perform and swim 25 yards of the following strokes: Front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and 15 yards of butterfly. Candidates must also be able to maintain position on their back for one minute in deep water and tread water for one minute.

The Water Safety Instructor course will be held at Ravenswood Pool, 400 Ravenswood Lane in Port St. Lucie, on Monday, March 9, Wednesday, March 11 and Friday, March 13 from 4 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25 and Friday, March 27 from 4 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants should plan on an additional 15-20 hours of study time outside of the classroom.

The cost of American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course is $235 ($200 is payable to St. Lucie County and $35 is paid to the American Red Cross). Payment is due upon successful completion of the pre-course.

St. Lucie County is currently accepting applications for temporary Aquatic positions for the upcoming summer season, including: Lifeguards, water safety instructors, program clerks, assistant pool managers and pool managers. Applicants may apply online with the St. Lucie County Human Resources Department at: http://www.stlucieco.gov/employment. In order to apply for the lifeguard, water safety instructor as well as supervisory positions applicants will need to hold a current American Red Cross certification. For information on obtaining these certifications please visit the Aquatics Section at http://www.stlucieco.gov/parks/aquatics.htm.

For more information or to register for upcoming classes contact Mary Mitchell at mitchellm@stlucieco.org or 772-871-2183.

St. Lucie County’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department manages and operates three public pools: Lakewood Park Regional Pool, 5990 Emerson Ave. in Fort Pierce; Lincoln Park Pool, 1211 Avenue M in Fort Pierce and Ravenswood Pool, 400 Ravenswood Lane in Port St. Lucie. The pools are primarily open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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