Spindlebeak's Safety School offers classes for certification in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding.
We aim to provide Chesapeake, and the surrounding areas, with higher safety professionals. Backed by the American Red Cross, our aquatics leaders are fully trained and waiting to help you learn the skills necessary to save a life.
These courses can be taught at any facility that has a 25 meter/yard pool.
The American Red Cross Lifeguarding program has three core courses:
- Shallow Water Lifeguarding
- Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding
In the Lifeguarding course, you will learn the following:
- Water Rescue Skills
- Surveillance and Recognition
- First Aid
- Breathing and Cardiac Emergencies
- AED and more
Requirements in order to enter the class:
*this will be conducted on the first day of class
- All participants must turn 15 years old on or before the last scheduled day of class.
- Prerequisite swim tests will be held at the beginning of the first day of the course. Students who are unable to pass these tests will not be able to continue in the course.
- Swim 300 yards continuously to demonstrate physical ability, which includes breath control, stamina and strength required to preform saves. Students are permitted to swim using front crawl, breaststroke, or a mixture of both. Candidates may not swim on their back or side for this event and use of swim goggles is allowed.
- Using only their legs, student must be able to tread water for 2 minutes. Candidates will be asked to place their hands under their armpits for this exercise.
- A timed event performed within 1 minute, 40 seconds
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards with your face out of the water. Goggles not allowed.
- Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth greater than 7 feet to retrieve a 10-pound dive brick
- Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to the starting point with both hands holding the brick, keeping your face at or near the surface so you able to get a breath.
- You should not swim the distant under water. Candidates must exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
In order to complete the course and receive a certification, participants must:
- Attend and participate in all class sessions
- Participate in all course activities
- Demonstrate competency in all required skills without any coaching or assistance
- Successfully complete the written exam
- Successfully complete the final skills scenarios