Long Beach Township — The countdown is on for the unofficial start to the summer season and with it the first days of providing guarded beaches in all six Island municipalities. In preparation for that, lifeguard training is being held at St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach.
Training is being held from 5 to 7 p.m., May 15; 4 to 8 p.m., May 16 and May 17; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18 and May 29. The cost is $250 for center members and $270 for nonmembers. Attendance is required. There will be no opportunities to make up missed classes.
All participants must be able to swim 300 yards continuously, using the following strokes, in order: 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick; 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence; and 100 yards of either front crawl or breaststroke. The final 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke. Participants must also swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within one minute, 40 seconds.
Upon successful completion, participants will receive an American Red Cross Certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR.