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Out of an abundance of caution to prevent the community
spread of COVID-19 on Okinawa, MCCS Aquatic Centers island-wide will be open
for Lap Swimming and Unit Training only until further notice (effective
Tuesday, 7 April). Cancelled until further notice are:
Registration will close at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 22-Apr-20. Registration and payment ($150) must be completed online. Please make sure you fully understand the refund policy listed below prior to registration. Click here to go to the registration tab.
Maximum 6 participants.
Minimum 3 participants.
To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact us to discuss this before the course begins.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years; Administering Emergency Oxygen, valid for 2 years; and Bloodborne Pathogens Training, valid for 1 year. Upon successful completion of the lifeguarding course, you may apply for a job online at www.mccsokinawa.com/jobs. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee a job with MCCS.
The purpose of the Lifeguarding Full Course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. Successful completion of the Lifeguarding Full Course will result in the following certifications: Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED; Administering Emergency Oxygen; and Bloodborne Pathogens Training. Students must be 15 years old o nor before the last day of the course and must be able to pass the prerequisite skills:
• Swim 300 meters continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
• Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. You should place your hands under your armpits.
• Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
o Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
o Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
o Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object while keeping your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
The prerequisite skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Please bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class. Failure to complete these skills during the precourse session will result in an automatic disenrollment of the class and a 80% refund given to the student. The student may choose to enroll in another upcoming course and pay the full course fee. Students that fail or do not show up to the precourse cannot transfer their course registration fee to another upcoming course.
If you would like to withdraw from the course, please contact us immediately. The refund amount will be determined by the following policy:
• 100% refunds will be given to cancellations made prior to the registration deadline
• 80% refunds will be given to cancellations made after the registration deadline
• No refunds will be given after the first day of class*
*The precourse session includes an assessment of prerequisite abilities as described earlier. Failure to complete these skills during the precourse session will result in an automatic disenrollment of the class and a 80% refund given to the student. The student may choose to enroll in another upcoming course and pay the full course fee. Students that fail or do not show up to the precourse cannot transfer their course registration fee to another upcoming course.
To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding Full Course, please contact us to discuss this before the course begins.
The course will begin at the Foster Aquatic Center, rain or shine. If you do not arrive at the disclosed location on time then you will forfeit your spot in the course. In the event of thunder or lightning the pool must close for 30 minutes and the pool deck must be cleared of all personnel. The course will be adjusted accordingly and directions will be given to the course participants at that time. Classroom portions of the course will not be affected by the weather.
Classroom portions of the course will be held in the Aquatics Operations classroom, located on the first floor of building 5677. Please provide your own transportation to and from the Foster Aquatic Center for the duration of the course. In the event that personal transportation is not an option to and from the pool and classroom, the Aquatics Operations program will provide limited seating in the facility vehicle.
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