The Waterpark Lifeguard Training R.12 Course is designed provide participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illness until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. The knowledge and skills covered apply to facilities with both flat, static bodies of water as well as those with fixed or portable water features (i.e. moving water, water slides, wave pool, etc.).
The Waterpark Lifeguard Training R.12 Course has the following pre-requisites to ensure minimum age, physical strength, endurance and stamina:
- Must be 15 years or older on or before the final session of this course. Proof of age is required. It must be in the form of a Learner's Permit, Drivers License, Military ID or a Birth Certificate. Bring ID with you to the pre-course or first class.
- Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing (swimming with face in-water required). Students may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles MAY be used.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Students should place their hands under the armpits.
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are NOT allowed.
- Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
- Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Students should not swim the distance under water.
- Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.