Lifeguard Certification

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Any person to be employed as a lifeguard at a bathing beach or swimming pool, under the jurisdiction of the Nassau Country Department of Health, must possess an appropriate current lifeguard certification issued by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.

A current medical examination is required before testing for any grade. Your medical exam is valid for one (1) year only from the date of the medical exam. The qualifications and requirements for certification in each grade are as follows:

GRADE IA: (SWIMMING POOLS AND PRELIMINARY REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADES II & III.)

Applicant must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the test. All applicants must possess an American Red Cross Basic Lifeguard Certificate or a New York State Department of Health accepted equivalent. Applicant must also be in satisfactory medical condition and have vision of at least 20/40 in one eye, without corrective lens. Hearing loss in either ear does not exceed 25db between 500 and 2,000 Hz, 40 db at 3,000 Hz and 45db at 4,000 Hz. The medical examination must be attested to by a registered physician.

The Performance Test will consist of: (1) Entrance into the water with a standard shallow dive,followed by a minimum speed test in freestyle - 50 yards in 35 seconds or less,(2) An endurance swim of 200 yards in continuous crawl style in good form (body must be planing the water continuously), within 3:45, (3) Front surface approach for 25 yards, followed by an alternate cross chest carry of a struggling victim for 25 yards, (4) Front and back head hold escapes, (5) 15 yard approach with a piece of equipment (torp or rescue buoy), place equipment on victim and return to starting location. (6) Surface dive in a minimum of 10 feet of water to retrieve a 10 pound weight and bring it to the surface, (7) Witness a demonstration of handling neck and back injuries in shallow and deep water, (8) Written test on lifeguarding. Must receive at least 80% on the test (the questions come from the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Textbook, which you can obtain from the Nassau County Red Cross, 195 Willis Avenue, Mineola, N.Y. 11501 - 747-3500).

GRADE IB: (SWIMMING POOLS ONLY)

Same as above except for the medical requirement, in which the applicant can achieve 20/40 in one eye

with corrective lens. The Performance Test is the same as above, except in the 50 yard swim, the applicant can complete the swim within 40 seconds.

GRADE IR: (SWIMMING POOLS OF SMALL SIZE OR AT DAY CAMPS)

Same as Grade IB except there are no specified time requirements for the 50 and 200 yard swims. Both swims must be completed in good form as judged by the lifeguard examiner. Hearing loss restrictions listed above do not apply.

GRADE II: (CALM WATER BATHING BEACHES)

Possession of a current Nassau County Department of Health Grade IA Lifeguard Certificate or a satisfactory completion of the requirements and performance test for a Grade IA Certificate. Grade II test must be taken within one (1) year of the date of the medical examination and within one (1) year of the date the Grade IA Certificate was issued.

The Performance Test will consist of: (1) A 50 yard run and entry into the water with a 100 yard approach with a piece of equipment (torp or rescue buoy), carry the victim back to shore using the cross chest carry with the equipment, remove victim from the water using a walking assist, (2) Surfboard rescue - 25 yard entry, 100 yard approach, place victim on the board, return to shore, remove victim from the water using a walking assist.

GRADE III: (OCEAN BATHING BEACH)

Possession of a current Nassau County Department of Health Grade IA Lifeguard Certificate or a satisfactory completion of the requirements and performance test for the Grade IA Certificate. Grade III test must be taken within one year of the date of the medical examination and within one year of the date the Grade IA Certificate was issued. Completion of a New York State Department of Health approved ocean lifeguard training course or acceptable equivalent.

The Performance Test will consist of: (1) 400 yard freestyle swim with a piece of equipment (torp or rescue buoy) with entry into and exit from the water in good form, (2) Single man rescue with equipment (torp or rescue buoy) - 25 yd. entry. 100 yd. approach swim, return to shore, remove victim from the water using a walking assist, (3) Surfboard rescue with a 25 yard entry, 100 yard approach, place victim on the board, return to shore, remove victim from water using a walking assist.

Source: www.nassaucountyny.gov

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