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Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:59 PM

AURORA – South Dearborn will offer a Red Cross certified lifeguard training course from Feb. 3-24, aquatics director Beth Wheat has announced.

Students must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled session and must complete three swimming prerequisites.

The course consists of 20 hours in the water and eight hours on-line to complete classroom requirements. Skills testing to determine eligibility will be completed on the first day of the course, between 12-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

Course fee of $200 will be paid afterward by those who have successfully completed the prerequisites. The fee will not be refunded is the course is failed. An additional $35 paid to the Red Cross is required in order to log on to the learning link.

All classes will be at the SDHS pool. Water rescue techniques will be covered Saturday, Feb. 9, from 12-5 p.m. Optional practice at the SD open swim will be Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6-7 p.m.

Review, first aid, CPR and head and neck injury instruction will be Sunday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Final review will be from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, with final testing from 12-3 p.m. that day.

Two written exams conclude the course, on-line and at the pool, with an 80 percent score required to pass each one.

Those successfully completing the course will receive two-year certification in lifeguarding, first aid and as CPR professional rescuer for adults, children and infants.

South Dearborn will host a free clinic and learn-to-swim segment Wednesday, Jan. 30, for any student or adult wishing to improve stroke techniques. Open swim follows from 7-8:30 p.m. for $1 for additional practice.

For more information contact Beth Wheat at beth.wheat@sdcsc.k12.in.us.