American Red Cross Programs

FA/CPR/AED Certification

Learn how to recognize and to respond to emergencies within your family, household, school, or community. You will learn how to: administer first aid; help someone in cardiac arrest or a breathing emergency; and how to set up and use an AED.

  • This 4 hour class includes all adult, child and infant applications.
  • This certification is good for 2 years.
  • Minimum of 4 required; maximum of 12 per class
  • Sign up ends 1 week before the class starts.
  • Cost: $45 per person, which includes the American Red Cross class registration fee.
  • This class can be scheduled outside of the offered dates if there are enough participants (e.g. work requirement).
    • All classes must be conducted on Hargrave property.

Lifeguard Certification

Junior Lifeguard Class

  • The ODAC has a program designed for individuals 11-14 years old who are interested in learning more about becoming a lifeguard but have not yet met the age requirements. 
  • All candidates will receive their CPR/FA/AED qualification (good for 2 years) and a Junior Lifeguard Certificate. 
  • Classes occur in the spring.

Prerequisites

  • Demonstrate the following skills:
    • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
    • Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards continuously while using a pull, breathe, kick, and glide sequence.
  • Complete the Water Competency Sequence:
    • Step into the water from the side and totally submerge.
    • Maintain position for one minute by treading water or floating (or a combination of the two).
    • Rotate one full turn and orient to the exit.
    • Level off and swim on the front or back 25 yards.
    • Exit without using a ladder or steps.

Lifeguard Blended Learning Certification Class

  • Must be 15 years old on or by the end of the last day of class. 
    • ID will be required on the first day of class.
  • This is a blended learning class, so the potential lifeguard is responsible for completing 7 hours of online coursework, and testing, BEFORE the first day of classes starting.
  • $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon sign up, at which point you will be sent the link to start the online portion of the course.
  • Must pass the pretest between 1-3 weeks before the start of the class. Contact the Aquatics Director to set up a date and time.
  • Failure to complete the pretest and/or the online coursework one (1) week before the classes start will forfeit the $50 and your place on the course.
  • Successful passing of the pretest and the online coursework, the remaining balance would be due.
  • Potential lifeguards must be present for all the scheduled classes. No exceptions.
  • Successful completion could lead to employment at the ODAC but it is not guaranteed. The applicant will need to follow all employment procedures. Successful applicants could have their lifeguard course fee reimbursed after being hired. 
  • Minimum of 5 required; maximum of 8 per session.
  • Cost: $180 for HMA cadets and employees; $200 for public.
Fall SessionSeptember 11-12, 20218:00 am – 6:00 pm
Winter SessionJanuary 15-16, 20228:00 am – 6:00 pm
Spring SessionApril 2-3, 20228:00 am – 6:00 pm
Summer SessionMay 21-22, 20228:00 am – 6:00 pm

Lifeguard Recertification Blended Learning Class

  • This class is for qualified lifeguards only. If your lifeguard certification has expired, you will be required to take the “Lifeguard Blended Learning Certification Class”. 
    • You will be required to submit a copy of your lifeguard certificate. 
  • This is a blended learning class, so the certified lifeguard is responsible for completing 7 hours of online coursework, and testing, BEFORE the first day of classes starting.
  • $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon sign up, at which point you will be sent the link to start the online portion of the course.
  • Must pass the pretest between 1-3 weeks before the start of the class. Contact the Aquatics Director to set up a date and time.
  • Failure to complete the pretest and/or the online coursework one (1) week before the classes start will forfeit the $50 and your place on the course.
  • Successful passing of the pretest and the online coursework, the remaining balance would be due.
  • Certified lifeguards must be present for all the scheduled classes. No exceptions.
  • Successful completion could lead to employment at the ODAC but it is not guaranteed. The applicant will need to follow all employment procedures. Successful applicants could have their lifeguard course fee reimbursed after being hired.
  • Minimum of 5 required; maximum of 12 per session.
  • Cost: $60 for HMA cadets and employees; $100 for public.
Fall SessionSeptember 12, 2021 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Winter SessionJanuary 16, 20228:00 am – 6:00 pm
Spring SessionApril 3, 20228:00 am – 6:00 pm
Summer SessionMay 22, 20228:00 am – 6:00 pm

Course Fee Reimbursement

Successful completion could lead to employment at the ODAC, but it is not guaranteed. The applicant will need to follow all employment procedures. Successful applicants could have their lifeguard course fee reimbursed after being hired (minus the $50 that goes to the American Red Cross for registration fees).

Pretest Information

Contact the Aquatics Director to schedule the pretest. Must be successfully completed 1 (one) week before the start of class.

  1. Swim 300 yards non-stop (goggles can be worn). 100 yards must be freestyle with rotary breathing; 100 yards breaststroke; 100 yards either freestyle or breaststroke
  2. Treading water for 2 minutes with hands under armpits
  3. Swim 20 yards with head up (no goggles); feet or head-first surface dive down 7-10 feet; pick up a 10lb brick; hold the brick with 2 hands and swim on your back without stopping, going underwater, or touching the bottom for 20 yards; place brick on pool side and climb out without the use of a ladder; in a time of 1 minute and 40 seconds

Free Instruction to Pass Lifeguard Pretest and Course — A Savings of $300!

80% of people fail the Swimming Pretest. Become a successful lifeguard by receiving small group instruction on how to pass the practical lifeguard pretest with an instructor in the water with you. Potential lifeguards must already be comfortable in the water (can go underwater with eyes open; can swim 2 lengths of the pool; and can tread water for 30 seconds). Training is ongoing from October 1st to January 1st. Lifeguard Class is scheduled for January 15-16, 2022. In return for this free training, the newly qualified lifeguard will be required to work at the ODAC for 6 months after successful completion of their orientation. Failure to meet all obligations will result in the lifeguard having to pay back the $300.

For further information please ensure you can meet the following requirements/obligations before contacting the Aquatics Director:

  • That you will be 15 years or older by January 15, 2022
  • That if you are 15 years old at the time of employment, you must obtain a VA Work Permit
  • That you can commit to at least 6 in-person instructor-led training sessions before December 31, 2021
  • That you have access to a working computer and can complete the 7 hours of Online Theory Training by December 31st, 2021
  • That you can be present for both Lifeguard Course Dates (January 15-16, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm)
  • That you are subject to a drug test, fingerprint test and background check before successful employment
  • That you can work for 6 months after successful completion of your orientation phase of your training
  • That while working for the ODAC you are required to work either 2 weekday shifts per week, or one weekday shift and one weekend shift per week, for the entire 6 months
  • That you can sign a contract confirming all of the above
  • That if employment is ended before full completion, that you must pay back the $300 within 30 days
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