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Free lifeguard preview training courses February 18 and March 21


Urbana Park District is inviting everyone age 13 and up to learn and preview life guard skills. The free course is February 18, from 5-7 p.m., and March 21, from 10 a.m. – Noon, at Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center (UIAC).

“Whether people are too nervous to take a lifeguarding course, or curious about what it takes to be a life guard, the free preview class is for them,” said Jennifer Nierenhausen, Aquatics Specialist.

Nierenhausen explained, “We will demonstrate and practice the pre-requisites of becoming a life guard, and introduce specific lifeguarding skills. We will also teach in-water and dryland skills.”

People need to bring a one-piece swimming suit and a towel with them.

If people have questions or need more information, they can call Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center at (217) 3840-7665.

“We need life guards year around at both our outdoor and at UIAC,” Nierenhausen said.

Lifeguarding is for everybody. “People don’t need be look a certain way or be super athletic. Our aquatics staff is a family and all are welcome,” Nierenhausen said.

“We will hand out lifeguard class schedules to be able to register for at the preview classes as well.”

She concluded, “Lifeguarding is a special job. People learn responsibility and life-saving skills. It pays well starting at 10.50/hour and has a flexible schedule around school and extracurricular schedules. We hope many people attend our classes to find out more about being a life guard and joining the UPD Aquatics staff.”


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