Earn Red Cross certifications through Ocean Pines Aquatics 

Participants take part in Red Cross certification courses offered through Ocean Pines Aquatics.

Ocean Pines Aquatics will host a series of Red Cross lifeguard classes, from basic re-certifications to certified instructor courses. 

According to www.redcross.org, “The American Red Cross Lifeguarding classes are designed to teach you not only the basics in water safety but also the proper protocol when dealing with any emergencies around water. The Red Cross blends both traditional lecture style along with crucial hands-on training in order to teach you effective techniques to deliver prompt care to those in need. Learn how to respond safely and efficiently to water emergencies with lifeguard classes from the American Red Cross. 

Red Cross Lifeguard Blended Learning courses include eight hours of online training prior to the first water session. A pretest is required, prior to class admission.  

Classes are scheduled April 17 from 4-9 p.m., April 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.and April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon.  

Those enrolled must attend all sessions and must be 15 or older on the first day of class. The cost is $250 for swim members, $300 for residents and $325 for nonresidents.   

Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor classes are available on the same schedule above. A pretest is required and the cost is $375.  

For those looking to renew their certification, a Red Cross Lifeguard Re-certification course will be offered on April 26 from 7 a.m. to noon. Participants must either be currently certified or have certifications expired by no more than 30 days. The cost is $138.  

The registration deadline for all classes is two weeks prior to the start date.  

Amenities and Operational Logistics Director Colby Phillips said the courses are “a great opportunity to receive your lifeguard certification, which not only gives you a potential job with Ocean Pines, but also the possibilities of other areas people may live or desire to work.”   

“Our detailed training includes both testing of hands-on skills as well as comprehension on written tests,” Phillips said. “The certification, which includes First Aid, CPR and AED training, is valid for two years upon completion and is accepted nationwide.” 

For more information, contact Ocean Pines Aquatics at 410-641-5255 or email Aquatics Manager Kathleen Cook at klcook@oceanpines.org 

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