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Dearborn holding class this weekend to train in-demand lifeguards

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Anyone interested in working as a lifeguard this summer is invited to register for the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department's special summer life-guarding class, which will start Saturday at Dunworth Pool in Levagood Park.

The class for swimmers age 15 and over will meet at Dunworth from 10 a.m-6 p.m. (with a half hour lunch break) daily from July 5-8. The lifeguard-training class is usually held at an indoor pool for five weeks; and generally offered once in the late fall, once in winter and once in early spring; said John Kerr, who is charge of the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department's publicity and marketing. But, he said, a concentrated special class is being offered this summer because of the city's current need for qualified lifeguards.

“It's being offered at Dunworth, because we figure if people want to work as lifeguards, they will want to be outside this summer,” Kerr said.

However, Kerr assured that anyone taking the class would be able to qualify to work as lifeguards not only at Dearborn's outdoor pools, but also at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center pool, at the beaches at Camp Dearborn, and for any lifeguard position anywhere. Students who complete the course successfully will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate and an American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate.

Registration for the course must be done at Jack Dunworth Memorial Pool, which is located at 801 N. Denwood in west Dearborn. The $50 fee, which Kerr says covers the cost of all materials like the textbook and workbook, must be paid at the time of registration. Dunworth will be open until 8 p.m. daily (including July 4) until the first day of class, he said, and people can still register at class Saturday if there are any openings remaining.

To participate in the class, a swimmer must be able to go 500 yards continuously (and this will include 200 yards doing the crawl, 100 yards doing the breaststroke, and 200 more yards doing the crawl or breaststroke). Another exercise that has to be done to participate in the class is to swim 20 yards (using crawl or breaststroke), submerge from 7-10 feet, retrieve a 20-pound brick, and swim 20 yards back.

For more information, call (313) 565-8066.

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