Lifeguard training offered at Aquatic Center

The Hood River Parks and Recreation District will offer an American Red Cross lifeguard training course.

The course begins with a pre-course session at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The class will run May 18-19 and June 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hood River Aquatic Center.

Participants must be 15 or older. Other prerequisites for the class include:

* Pass the pre-course written test and skills test;

* Swim 200 yards of each in the front crawl, breaststroke, and 100 yards combined for 500 non-stop yards;

* Demonstrate a long shallow dive, and 10-pound brick recovery.

The course fee is $110, and includes books and American Red Cross certification fees.

There must be a minimum of six people in the class to offer the program. Pre-registration is required with payment.

For more information and how to register, call the Parks and Recreation District at 386-1303.

“We’ve hired a lot of people from the class. We hired everybody who applied after the last class,” said Scott Baker, program coordinator.

He added that anyone interested in summer swimming and windsurfing classes can call the aquatic center or come in for information.

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