GASTON and COMPUTECH students, are you ready for


an awesome opportunity to:
improve your swimming
learn lifesaving techniques and CPR
get active
become part of our amazing Aquatics program
have TONS of FUN!!

 COMPUTECH and GASTON Middle School

Learn to Swim

Tuesday, Nov 14

Tuesday, Nov 28

Tuesday, Dec 5

Tuesday, Dec 12

Main Session

Tuesday, Jan 9
Thursday, Jan 11
Tuesday, Jan 16
Thursday, Jan 18
Tuesday, Jan 23
Thursday, Jan 25
Tuesday, Jan 30
Thursday, Feb 1
Tuesday, Feb 6
Thursday, Feb 8 (party, awards)

At the Edison Swimming Pool, buses provided.
(Gaston students will meet at the After School Program,
Computech Students behind the Gym)
Pickup at 5:00 at COMPUTECH or Bus Routes
Use this link, and scroll down to Pages 10 and 11 to find after-practice bus schedules.


What curriculum does Computech's After School Junior Lifeguard Academy use?
We use the Junior Lifeguard curriculum from the American Red Cross.

Who runs and supervises the program?
This program is planned, run, and supervised by Computech and Gaston teachers and Aquatics Coaches Mr. Vinson and Mr. Bernyk. High school students with Lifeguard certification help facilitie teams and activities.

Can you tell me about safety?
The swim test helps establish a minimum guideline for swim ability for participants. Structured swimming lessons will be provided for participants in the shallow section of the swimming pool until they pass the swimming test.

The swim test is as follows (structured swim lessons provided to get particiants ready to pass):

How much does the program cost?
The entire program is funded by Gaston and Computech, and as such, there is no cost to your family. 

I am not sure if I can pass the swim test. What should I do?
Make sure you plan on attending ALL of the junior lifeguarding sessions. We will teach you how to swim in the process. 

What is the time for the program each day?
The program starts immediately after school. Students will be dismissed in time to change and catch the 5:15 bus routes, be picked up, or return to the Computech ASES program. 

Can my parent pick me up after the program is over each day?
Yes. Adults approved to pick you up can do so up from the Computech After School Program at 5 PM. There is no return to Gaston.

Is regular attendance expected?
Yes, due to the team dynamic of the program and scaffolding of learning, we expect students to attend all sessions. If your child must miss a session, please clear the absence with the instructor via Teams Chat before the day's activities when possible. 

What do I need to bring with me each day?
Participants should bring a competition-style swimsuit. Everyone should have a towel. Additionally, all required paperwork must be completed and submitted before the start of the program. If you do not own a competition swimsuit you think will work, please reach out to Edward Vinson (Teams Chat or Gaston Room 101). 

What are the Learning Objectives of this course?

> Describe the importance of training for future lifeguards

> Explain the reason for rules and regulations at aquatic facilities

> Develop swimming skills and in-water rescue skills

> Demonstrate how to use rescue equipment safely and effectively

> Develop leadership and team work

> Explain the characteristics of distressed and drowning victims

> Explain the importance of emergency action plans

> Introduce first aid, CPR, and AED knowledge and skills

Meet the coaches

Boys' Coach

Edward Vinson
Gaston Room 101

Girls' Coach

Andrew Bernyk
Computech Room 82/ Boys' PE

 Please reach out with any questions you may have.

Sign Up - STEP ONE (Your Information)

Sign Up - STEP TWO (Paperwork)

Make sure to bring the packet of paperwork to your school's coach
(Computech- Bernyk in Room 82 or Gaston- Vinson in Room 101)

Download and print this important document. It is required that it be completed and returned before your athlete be allowed to participate.

Show up on Junior Lifeguarding days!

Connect with your coach by TEAMS Chat, E-Mail, or In Person.
Gaston students will check in to After School, then be picked up at 3:05
Computech students will meet behind the Gym immediately after school at 3:20


Boys- Coach Edward Vinson, Gaston 101,
Girls- Coach Andrew Bernyk, Computech 82 or Boys PE,