The purpose of the Waterfront Skills module is to teach currently certified ARC lifeguards the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds. Candidates MUST have a current 2 year American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and provide a copy of that certification upon arrival to the course. Candidates need to bring their own set of properly fitting mask and fins.
Waterfront Class address:
Mohegan Beach Park District
Corner of Lakeshore Drive and Christine Road in Mohegan Lake, New York
♦ Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this module.
♦ Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed for this portion of the pre-req skills assessment.
♦ Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their 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 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. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater.
♦ Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
♦ Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve 3 dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.
Those candidates who do not meet the pre-requisite skills requirements will be issued a refund less a $75 course processing fee. There are no refunds for those candidates who do not successfully meet the requirements of the course.
EACH participant needs to bring his/her own set of properly fitted mask and fins to the training. This equipment will then become part of your essential waterfront gear used in underwater search and rescue. The mask is made of soft, flexible material, with non-tinted, tempered safety glass and a head strap that is easily adjusted. The mask fits over your eyes and nose and will have either a molded nose piece that can be squeezed to equalize pressure or a purge valve. To check that a mask fits properly, place the mask against your face without the strap and inhale slightly through your nose to create a slight suction in the mask. This suction should keep the mask in place without being held.
Fins come in different sizes and have either a molded heal or open heal with strap. Blades also differ in size. Fins with larger blades enable the person to swim faster but require more leg strength. Select a properly sized pair of fins to match your strength and swimming ability.
This course involves strenuous physical activity. If you have any questions about your physical ability to participate in the course, seek your health care provider’s approval.
Lifeguard Management In-Person Testing Site for New York State Department of Health Camp Requirement.
Test is administered at no charge when you register for any of our programs, Lifeguarding, CPR, RTE or WSI.