The city of Las Vegas Municipal Pool will offer American Red Cross lifeguard training courses in January and February 2009 for $50, a $40 savings over customary prices. At the same time, staff of the Aquatics unit of the Department of Leisure Services, Recreation Division will be recruiting certified lifeguards to work at the city’s pools during the coming summer. Lifeguards must be at least 15 years old, have completed approximately 40 hours of coursework, and pass a water skills test to meet the minimum requirements for certification. Successful completion of the lifeguard training course results in national American Red Cross lifeguard and first-aid certifications for three years and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification for one year. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 26 to Feb. 6 and Feb. 17-27. Additional lifeguard training classes are scheduled each month through May 22. Municipal Pool is located at 431 E. Bonanza Road.
Students interested in becoming lifeguards but who need to improve their swimming skills may take the two-week Pre-Lifeguard Skills course at Municipal Pool. Priced at $16, classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26-Feb. 4 and March 9-18.
CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer will be offered in an 8.5-hour class from noon to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 and May 16, priced at $25 each day. Lifeguard Training Challenge Course opportunities will be offered in a five-hour test for certifications for those who have expired lifeguard, first-aid and CPR/AED Professional certifications on March 28 and May 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Water safety instructor classes, priced at $90, are scheduled Monday through Friday at various hours, April 6-10, June 1-12 and June 15-26. Those who take this course are taught the skills necessary to become successful learn-to-swim instructors. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
Additional training classes are scheduled at various times throughout the year for American Red Cross lifeguard, water safety instructor, lifeguard training instructor, lifeguard training review and CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer review, as well as challenge opportunities to pass certification requirements without further training. Some classes have prerequisites and require books or materials to be purchased prior to class. For more information, call Municipal Pool at (702) 229-6309.
The city of Las Vegas also currently offers open swimming, synchronized swimming, adult water fitness classes, and swimming and diving lessons at the Municipal Pool year-round. Seasonal pools will offer open swimming, water polo, competitive swimming, and many other aquatic activities and classes this coming summer in five locations throughout the city. The Municipal Pool is a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art aquatic center with two classrooms and a fitness workout area. The 50- by 25-meter Olympic-sized pool has two one-meter diving boards and a three-meter board. The varying depth of the pool makes it accessible for swimmers of all ages. The pool area has retractable side panels and roof portions of shatterproof glass, allowing fresh airflow during appropriate weather.