Certification Info 2017-04-14T19:16:23+00:00

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SPMC is an authorized provider of the American Red Cross Aquatic programs.  All courses are taught by licensed American Red Cross instructors. Applicants MUST BE at least 15 years of age.

The Lifeguard Certification includes Lifeguard Training, CPRO, AED and First Aid.  Certifications are valid for two years.

All SPMC employees must have valid certifications on file with the office in order to work.

LGT/CPRO/AED Certification Class

Our training classes are Blended Learning.    Blended learning classes require access to the internet to view pre-class material and other outside classwork.   The online portion must be completed prior to the first day of class.   The cost for the class is $225.00.  A $35 payment will be paid directly to the Red Cross for the online portion of the blended learning class with the balance of $190 paid to Sears Pool.   Cancellations made 7 days prior to the class date will receive a full refund of the amount paid to SPMC.  If a cancellation occurs within 7 days of the class start date, SPMC will retain a $25 cancellation fee.   If a student is unable to pass the LGT class prerequisites (identified below), they will be refunded $225.  Once a student passes the prerequisites and is officially entered into the class, no refund will be issued.

2017 Class Schedules for New Lifeguards  –

This class if for new lifeguards who have never been certified or for those whose LGT certification has expired.

May 6 & 7 at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA  30075

May 20 & 21 at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA  30075

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LGT/CPRO/AED  Re-Certification Class

The re-certification training classes are a condensed version of the full course and meet all of the requirements to obtain a two (2) year certification. This class is for lifeguards who already have their LGT certification but need to get re-certified.  The class is a one day class.  The cost of the course is $115.00.  Cancellations made 7 days prior to the class date will receive a full refund.  If a cancellation occurs within 7 days of the class start date, SPMC will retain a $25 cancellation fee.

2017 Class Schedule for Re-certification Classes

May 7, 2017 at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA  30075  from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

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SPMC also partners with Atlanta Swimming for Lifeguard Training Classes.

To view their schedule, please click here.

Class Prerequisites:

On the first day of class you must be able to complete the following skills in order to continue:

1. Swim 300 yards in the following order:

  • 300 yards of either freestyle (front crawl) or breaststroke.  Front crawl must include rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or the front.  Breastroke must include a pull, breath, kick, and glide sequence.

*There is no time requirement for this skill. Students must only show that they can swim 300 yards using the above strokes without stopping.

2. Retrieve a 10lb diving brick in deep water and return it to the side of the pool.  Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using freestyle (front crawl) or breaststroke, do a surface dive to a depth of   7-10 feet, retrieve a 10lb object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Returning lifeguard Michelle demonstrates the brick retrival.*When returning to the starting point, the candidate must hold the 10lb object with both hands and must keep his/her face above the water. The participant can swim on his/her back using an elementary back stroke kick, flutter kick or rotary kick. The participant is complete once he/she has exited the water and is standing on the pool deck.

3. Tread water for two minutes without using your hands.  Your head must stay above the water during the two minutes.

Once a participant has successfully completed the course prerequisites, he/she will be accepted into the class and will be instructed on how to become a lifeguard.  To pass the course and become LGT certified, participants must complete a written test with 80% accuracy in the 3 sections of the final exam.  Section 1: 16 correct answers out of 20 questions, section 2: 24 correct answers out of 30 questions on Part I and 8 correct answers out of 10 questions on Part II, and section 3: 16 correct answers out of 20 questions.

Lifeguard Training Class Supplies

  • Swimsuit(s) (Girls must wear a one piece suit, no thong backs)
  • Goggles
  • Towels
  • Warm clothing (The water will be chilly so dress appropriately)
  • Lunch or lunch money (Students will be allowed to leave for 1hr)
  • Paper
  • Pens or Pencils

Note: Attendance is mandatory in order to pass the course. Cell phones and pagers will not be allowed in class! Students who violate this rule will be dismissed from class and will not be issued a refund.