American Red Cross – Lifeguarding
Old Town Hot Springs staffs Red Cross certified lifeguards for the protection and safety of our members and guests. We also provide American Red Cross life guarding certification courses at different points throughout the year. The course provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. The course provides individuals the certification necessary to be a life guard at Old Town Hot Springs and other facilities. Old Town Hot Springs uses these classes as way to fulfill it’s life guard team and while participants are often granted interviews for life guarding positions, successful completion of class does not guarantee employment with Old Town Hot Springs.
To participate in the Lifeguarding course, individuals must be able to complete the following prerequisites on the first day of class:
- Minimum age: 15 years
- Swim 300 yards continuously.
- Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
- Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
- Surface dive 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.
- Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard at Old Town Hot Springs or taking a certification class please contact Aquatics Director Rebecca Mabius.
The Old Town Hot Springs Junior Lifeguarding program takes place each summer. The goal of the Junior Lifeguarding program is to provide young adults aged 13 and 14 years old an introduction to lifeguarding skills and an introduction to the responsibilities related to employment. To accomplish this goal, Junior Lifeguards will be working alongside certified American Red Cross Lifeguards at Old Town Hot Springs. The deadline for to submit and application for the program is usually around the middle to end of April each year. Applications are available each Spring at the front desk. You can also contact Aquatics Director Rebecca Mabius.