Paso helps lifeguards prepare for summer

The City of Paso Robles invites local aquatic enthusiasts to learn more about summer lifeguarding jobs at one of the City pools during a free open house on Wednesday, March 13 at the Centennial Pool in Paso Robles. Later in March the City will offer a two day lifeguard training to help those interested in lifeguarding jobs this summer earn the certifications needed. (Contributed image)

PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles will host a free information session on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Pool, 600 Nickerson Dr., for those ages 15 and older to learn more about working as a lifeguard or in the pool office this summer at one of the City’s two aquatics complexes.
During the open house, City Pool Manager Nelson Zuniga will take attendees on a tour the Centennial Park aquatics facility and offer a presentation featuring information about the City’s hiring process for summer aquatics staff, the physical requirements for becoming a lifeguard and a day in the life of a lifeguard. There will be a question-and-answer session with Zuniga following the presentation.
The City will also offer a two-day Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Training class on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 to 24, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Paso Robles Municipal Pool, 534 28th St. The cost of the class is $64 and is designed for experienced swimmers who want to become Red Cross Lifeguards. Advanced skills will be taught and information about lifesaving techniques will be presented. Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Those interested in registering for the class should visit prcity.com/recreation and search “lifeguard.”
Prerequisites for the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Training class include the ability to swim 300 yards of the pool using front crawl and breaststroke, retrieval of a 10-pound brick from 7 feet of water and 2 minutes of treading water with no hands. Participants must be 15 years old by March 24, to be eligible for this training. Participants should bring a towel, goggles, swimsuit, dry clothes, sack lunch and a water bottle.
For more information about the open house or the lifeguard training session, contact Lynda Plescia at 805-237-3987 or [email protected]

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