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Lifeguard Classes Offered by Yorktown Parks & Rec

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Yorktown Parks & Recreation Department is offering the new American Red Cross course to be a certified lifeguard in New York State.

Following completion of the $420 course, certifications for waterfront lifeguarding, which include first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer with AED, will be issued.

On the first day, participants will have to pass an entrance test consisting of a continuous 550-yard swim, a 20-yard swim with a surface dive to retrieve a 10 pound brick, resurfacing with the brick, swimming 20 yards on back using legs only and exiting the pool in 100 seconds, and a 15-yard underwater swim.

The first session consists of 14 classes and runs through May 23. The sessions are held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. The second session starts July 9 and runs through July 26 at the Brian J. Slavin Aquatics Facility.

A lifeguard recertification course is also offered from June 4 to 9 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. one Saturday) at Copper Beech. The fee is $225.

For further information, call the parks & rec department at (914) 245-1608.

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