As we gear up for the summer season, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has announced it is offering of lifeguard classes, available to the public across Miami-Dade County.
Water safety is a key element in guaranteeing a fun summer and our lifeguards play an essential role in ensuring the safety of Miami-Dade County residents. Individuals looking to continue down the path of Lifeguarding are encouraged to enroll in the course designed to educate participants about the duties of a professional lifeguard.
Participants will be taught techniques for Lifeguarding, Professional Rescuer CPR, First Aid, AED, Oxygen Administration, and Preventing Disease Transmission. Upon successful completion of the course and hiring process, students will receive the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification.
Participants must be at least 17 years or older to apply, and must have a visual accuracy of 20/40, uncorrected, in each eye. They must also establish the ability to swim 300 yards continuously, swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound object, and then swim 20 yards within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Additionally, individuals must demonstrate the ability to tread water for 2 minutes using only legs, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Registration ends on March 18 and can be completed at the following sites:
North Norman & Jean Reach Pool 7895 NW 176 St., Hialeah, FL 33015 305-558-3762
Central Tropical Estates Pool 10201 SW 48 St., Miami, FL 33165 305-221-5041
South West Perrine Pool 10301 SW 170 Terrace, Miami, FL 33157 305-235-2053
Classes will begin on March 21 and end on March 26. They can be taken at any of the three registration locations listed above.
To register, please contact any of the park numbers listed above to enroll at your desired location.