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Lifeguard Training Courses

Post Date:02/27/2020 9:30 AM

Lifeguard Training Courses

The Summit Activities Center will be offering two Lifeguard Training Courses this spring.  The first class will be held April 17-19, 2020 with the Pre-test on Thursday, March 26, at 6:00pm.  The second class will be held May 1-3, 2020 with the Pre-test on Thursday, April 9, at 6:00pm.  Class times for each course will be Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.  Attendance is mandatory for ALL classes AND the prerequisite testing. 

Registration begins immediately.  Participants may register online at or at the front desk of the Summit Activities Center.

Cost for the training will be $200.00 plus tax and includes lifeguard training books. Registration and a payment is also required with Red Cross, but instructions for this will be give once the pre-test has been passed.  Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the class ends. 

Prerequisites are:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously. 
  2. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lbs. object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, and exit the pool without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  3. Treading Water for 2 minutes using legs only.

* Participants who fail the prerequisites will not be able to continue the course.

Class One Course Schedule:

Prerequisite Swim Test: Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 pm    
Friday, April 17:   5 pm – 10 pm   
Saturday, April 18:  8 am – 8 pm   
Sunday, April 19:  8 am – 8 pm   

Class Two Course Schedule:

Prerequisite Swim Test: Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 pm
Friday, May 1:   5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, May 2:  8 am – 8 pm
Sunday, May 3:   8 am – 8 pm

For further information, please call 668-5234 or stop by the Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street, Yankton, SD.  Remember to follow the Yankton Parks and Recreation on our Facebook Page.

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