Friday, January 28, 2011

Lifeguard certification course coming up

The Hamden/North Haven YMCA, located at 1605 Sherman Ave., Hamden will run a week-long intensive lifeguard certification course in February that will provide participants with the necessary qualifications to work as a lifeguard.

The session starts on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m. and combines practical application and theory, participants will learn pool safety strategies, hazard awareness, risk management techniques, and rescue skills that can be used in and out of the water. The course concludes on Feb. 25 with a practical and written evaluation of the skills learned throughout the week. Successful candidates will receive certification in lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and first-aid.

Andy Scherer, aquatic director for the Hamden/North Haven YMCA, said, “The need for certified lifeguards in Connecticut is rapidly growing as we move toward a summer that follows several tragic drownings. Our primary focus is to teach participants the techniques and skills needed to prevent and react to potentially dangerous aquatic situations.”

Registration and placement in the course, which runs Monday through Friday (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.) is on a limited first-come first-served basis. Participants must be able to continuously swim 300 yards, retrieve a 10 lb object from a depth of 9 feet, and tread water for at least one minute.

To secure a place in the session or to find our more information, contact Andy Scherer at 203-248-6361 or

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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