Wanted: lifeguards, instructors

Health and Rec Center to start certification classes

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People searching for summer jobs or another reason to be outside by the water should contact the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center.

Beginning early next month, the Health and Rec will offer classes to certify instructors and lifeguards.

"I'm always needing lifeguards," aquatics director Rach--ael Rangel said. "That's a really fun summer job. We have lifeguards on as early as 7:30 a.m. The last shift ends at 10 p.m."

The classes offered are Amer--ican Red Cross programs, so the certifications and standards needed to work locally are the same standards used at pools across the country.

Lifeguard training runs May 6 through 10 and again May 30 through June 2. The course is 30 hours long and costs $100, and it offers a wide range of certifications such as First Aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

Both certifications are req--uired or recommended when working with children.

"It actually gives you a lot," Rangel said. "A lot of people working camps use lifeguard training. Some of those certifications expire every year. You are tested at the end of these classes. Upon successful completion, you get cards. It's really nice to already have that certification."

The Health and Rec has five areas where it needs lifeguards during the summer: the lap, shallow and heated pools, hot tubs and water slide area.

To be lifeguards people have to be able to swim 500 yards doing the front crawl and breaststroke.

Swim lesson instructors also are needed for the summer and fall.

The Water Safety Instructor Class is a 40-hour course offered from 5 to 9 p.m. from May 15 to 26. The course is $250, and the deadline to register is Tuesday.

The Health and Rec's swimming lessons begin early next month and run through August. Fall swimming lessons also are offered.

Instructors will teach several strokes, including the crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly. Treading water and diving also are covered at several levels.

"We are really trying to prepare the kids for not only swim team but also to enjoy the water safely," Rangel said. "We try to cover pool rules and water safety, as well."

For the lifeguard and swim instruction classes, interested people should contact Rangel between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday at the Health and Rec.

The building is at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.

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