Here's How to Become a Lifeguard for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission

Training course series begin Thursday, Dec. 2, but you'll have to complete a screening first.

click to enlarge Lifeguard training sessions for Cincinnati pools begin soon. - Photo: Jay Wennington, Unsplash
Photo: Jay Wennington, Unsplash
Lifeguard training sessions for Cincinnati pools begin soon.

We're currently in blanket-core season, but summer really isn't that far off (or, at least, we're telling ourselves that). It's time to think about who's going to be protecting swimmers at Cincinnati-area pools — and if it might be you.

Those interested in serving as a paid lifeguard for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission can begin a training course series as early as Thursday, Dec. 2. Courses generally are at least 30 hours, run over multiple dates and provide American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer certifications. Course series are available through mid-summer.

To be admitted into the first training course and to be considered among the initial applicants, prospective lifeguards must complete a screening session. The pre-screen for the Dec. 2 course will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Mt. Auburn pool, and all potential lifeguards must be able to do the following, according to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's website:

  • Complete a 300-yard continuous swim, front crawl and/or breast stroke
  • Swim 20 yards, surface dive to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound brick, return to the surface and swim back to the starting point, keeping face at or near surface, holding the 10-pound brick with both hands
  • Tread water for two minutes using legs only

All potential lifeguards must be at least 15 years old or must turn 15 by the end of their training course series. Training courses are free for those who work full-time for CRC during the entire 2022 summer season, or $400 for non-CRC lifeguards.

CRC lifeguards earn $11.01/hour to start.

Find more information and register for the Nov. 30 or future screenings and training courses on the Cincinnati Recreation Commission website.

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