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Can anyone tell us where to get Lifeguard training with the
certificate for our teen? We've queried the Berkeley YMCA and they
only occasionally offer this (like, every 5 years or so). Any
other ideas? I know there must be teens in/near Berkeley getting
the certificate, but we'd love to know where! Thanks so much.
Teen needs Lifeguard certification
I'd check in with the city of Berkeley Aquatics program (which I
think is part of parks and rec). They should know where to go
Try the East Bay Regional Parks District.
My son went to http://norcallifeguardtraining.com/home in
Lafayette. She seems to offer only summer classes but may know
of something else.
I also had a difficult time finding a program.
The El Cerrito Swim Center is offering Lifeguard Training
Classes starting Sept. 26th, Mon. and Wed. for 3 weeks and one
all day Sat. on Oct 1.
Also the Richmond swim center at Kennedy High starts on Sept
29th for 2 full weekends.
City of El Cerrito
7007 Moeser Lane
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Phone: (510) 559-7015
Fax: (510) 528-9413
Our 16 yr old son completed his lifeguard training at Mills
College this summer.
When we did this a few years ago, we found very few programs in
the area. There was one at the Piedmont Pool, which we couldn't
fit into the schedule. I took my daughter to the El Cerrito pool
and that worked out fine. You might also try calling the
Richmond Plunge, UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley. Call
every pool you can think of. At the time, lifeguarding was
required to teach swimming to kids. My second kid taught
swimming without the class. I don't know why that changed.
I'm looking for feedback on the Junior Lifeguard camp through the East
Bay Regional Parks. My 10 year old daughter is gung-ho, and an
excellent swimmer, but my 9 year old son is not as enthusiastic. He
is not as good a swimmer (but will easily pass the 25-yard swim test),
and I'm thinking of pushing him to do it to get more comfortable in
Is it fun? Is it intense? Better for the 11-13 age range?
My daughter attended the Junior Lifeguard camp at Lake Anza several
years ago. It was very instructional and also very fun. The hard part
was arriving in the early morning wind and fog and getting in the
water. I think there were games in the afternoon. . .
My kids did Junior Lifeguard camp at Lake Temescal for a couple of summers -- it
was a great camp for the older one (at ages 11 and 12), and I found it hard to
find camps she liked at that age. Younger one, 9 and 10 when she went, liked it
less, possibly because there were fewer kids that age, but she was okay with it.
It fell into the category of ''camps I loved and my kids were okay with'' --
they work on swimming and fitness and learn some basic first aid and rescue
skills; they get to hang out with cool lifeguards all day; they're in a
beautiful place. (Every morning at dropoff I wistfully wished I could spend all
day at the lake.) I also appreciated that it's reasonably priced and scheduled
week by week so there's flexibility.
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