Lifeguard lessons on tap for January

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatics Division is offering training sessions to those seeking lifeguard certification.

Lifeguard Training is an American Red Cross lifeguarding course, which provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. This course includes certifications in lifeguard training, waterpark lifeguard training, first aid, AED and CPR for the professional rescuer. This training session will be 4-6 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 26-Feb. 2; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 27-Feb. 3 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 28-Feb. 4. Participants must attend all sessions for certification. Those who are hired by the department will take the course for free. Cost is $225.

An additional opportunity for Lifeguard Training is being offered in March.

There are a number of prerequisites for the class, including: being a minimum age of 15 years-old by the last day of the course; passing a pre-course screening of being able to continuously swim 300 yards using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of the two; treading water for two minutes using only legs; and swimming 20 yards to retrieve a 10-pound brick, surfacing and swimming to the starting point with the brick in 1 minute 40 seconds or less.

Registration can be done online at or at any Parks and Recreation facility, including: Sports Pavilion Lawrence; the Community Building, 115 West 11th St.; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive, Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. or the Administrative Offices, 1141 Massachusetts St. Drive.

To apply for a lifeguard or any Parks and Recreation open part-time position, please visit: Those without the lifeguard training certification are still encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Lori Madaus, aquatics supervisor, at (785) 832-7946.