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The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will offer Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor courses March 15-17.

The three-day classes will be held at the Lincoln High School pool, 2229 J St. The schedule for both courses is 5-9 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enrollment is limited, and early registration is suggested.

American Red Cross Lifeguard course participants must be at least 15 years old by March 17. Participants 16 years old and over who successfully complete the course are encouraged to apply for a summer position as a lifeguard. The course fee is $150. Participants must be able to complete the following prerequisites:

• Swim 300 yards using front crawl or breaststroke;

• Tread water for 2 minutes without using hands;

• Swim 20 yards;

• Surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound object;

• Kick 20 yards on back with both hands on the object; and

• Exit the pool in under 100 seconds.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor course participants must be at least 18 years old before March 17 and have a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification. Other prerequisites include passing swimming skills for American Red Cross Lifeguard, and completing two lifeguard-scenario challenges. The course fee is $150.

Lincoln’s nine public pools will open Saturday, May 25. For additional information and to register for the courses, email swimlessons@lincoln.ne.gov or call the Aquatics Office at 402-441-7960.

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