Summary: Lifeguard Practice PreTest- Participants will practice the events of the PreTest in order to familiarize themselves with the skills needed to pass the PreTest. This does NOT count as a PreTest.
Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed.
Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Please watch the video below for what to expect when performing the Lifeguard PreTest. You may stop the video once the WSI PreTest segment begins.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Training Department through the information provided below.
Fax- To the Attention of Jess Muir 410-363-9959
Remember to bring your:
- Ticket (paper or mobile)
- Bathing suit
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American Pool Maryland
American Pool companies have teamed up with the American Red Cross to offer a wide range of aquatics-related training.
American Pool Enterprises, Inc. (APEI) has been an Authorized Provider with the American Red Cross since 1984. An Authorized Provider is a company, organization, individual or agency that has signed an Authorized Provider Agreement with the Red Cross to provide American Red Cross instructional programs in accordance with the standards and objectives of the program they desire to teach.
Each year American Pool companies train approximately 2,000 individuals to become American Red Cross lifeguards.
American Pool Maryland is a subsidiary of American Pool Enterprises, Inc.
American Pool Maryland
9305 Gerwig Lane, Suite E
Columbia, MD 21046
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