Start of November 2019 through the end of January 2020
Enjoy swimming? Want to learn CPR and lifesaving?
This course is being offered through the Computech After School Program at no cost to students.
Before entering Junior Lifeguarding, students must demonstrate the following skills:
On successful completion of this course, each participant may receive an American Red Cross certificate in First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years and an American Red Cross certificate in Junior Lifeguarding.
* The first pre-course session is designed for weaker swimmers to gain a few hints on how to pass the swim test. All are welcome.
All participants are required to attend and successfully complete at least one pre-course swim session.
Computech Junior Lifeguard Frequently Asked Questions
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 teachers (and Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors) Mr. Vinson and Mr. Bernyk.
Can you tell me about safety?
The swim test helps establish a minimum guideline for swim ability for participants. Both Mr. Bernyk and Mr. Vinson are Red Cross Certified Lifeguards as well as Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors. Safety is our primary concern. Please contact either of us if you have any questions about safety. The in-water sessions are held at the Edison High School Pool, just north of Computech's Gym.
Who does the teaching?
Both Mr. Vinson and Mr. Bernyk oversee all instruction. We have recruited a number of our current and former swimmers to be aides in the teaching process, allowing frequent instruction and feedback to your student.
How much does the program cost?
The entire program is funded by 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 pre-course swim sessions. We will have a number of student swimmers on hand to give you pointers on how to approach the test, giving you the best shot at passing by the final pre-course swim session.
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 4:30 bus routes or return to the 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 pool at 4:30 (enter on Florence Ave from MLK Dr). Make sure you sign out of ASES at the pool. After 4:30, parents will pick students up from the Computech ASES program.
What do I need to bring with me each day?
Due to the amount of swimming in this program, students should bring a competition-style swimsuit and towel to all sessions.
For girls, material and cut should be tough. One-piece or two-piece suits are fine. Avoid thin straps and hooks/latches/ties of any kind. For boys, "speedos" or "jammers" are best. Should be a real swimsuit and not "street clothes" and should not be PE clothes (you'll need them for PE and they cause drag in the water). If you do not have a proper swimsuit for this type of activity, select the option on the signup form and we will work to get you what you need. Some sessions will be dry, and you may want to dress warm.
What will I receive upon completion of the program?
Students who successfully complete all sessions (with a maximum of 1 absence/tardy out of the 22 required sessions) and show proficiency in all content will receive:
- On completion of CPR/AED/First Aid portions of the course and passing appropriate hands-on and written tests, each participant may receive an American Red Cross certificate in First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.
- On completion of course requirements, each participant may receive an American Red Cross certificate indicating Junior Lifeguarding. These certificates do not indicate that the person is trained to be a lifeguard.
Who is eligible to attend this course?
Students must be enrolled at Computech Middle School in Fresno, CA.
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Due to scheduling overlap, students will not be able to participate in our Junior Lifeguarding course AND any of the following school-sponsored sports teams: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling. (NO OTHER COMPUTECH SPORTS INTERFERE WITH JR. LIFEGUARDING)
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
I have another question!
Please reach out to Mr. Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at (559) 457-2640 and ask for Mr. Vinson or Ms. Swift.