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Lifeguard Classes To Be Held at GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2014

For More Information: Annette Barnette
Public Relations and Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV- Lifeguard classes are scheduled to be held soon at Glenville State College.  Students can either sign up ahead of time or simply attend the first class.

“When I first moved to West Virginia, there was a lifeguard shortage. One pool had two guards. That was it for the entire summer. So the pool operated on limited hours because the law requires two guards. By offering classes every year, we can help provide trained lifeguards to pools throughout North Central West Virginia,” said GSC Aquatics Manager Jennifer Wenner.

The lifeguard classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays in March starting on the 15th at the GSC Pool, which is located in the basement of the Physical Education Building.  Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Students must be at least 15 years of age to enroll in the course.

Wenner says all participants must complete the pre-course test on March 15th to be able to register for and take the remainder of the course. The pre-course test consists of three parts. First, there is a non-stop, non-timed, 300 yard swim test of six laps using different techniques such as the breast stroke or freestyle swim. Students will then tread water for two minutes without the use of their hands. Finally, they will be required to swim 25 feet, surface dive to retrieve a brick, resurface, swim back to their start, and exit the pool without the use of a ladder.

All classes must be attended in order to pass the complete course, which includes 50 percent book work and 50 percent pool time to apply the lessons learned in the classroom. The cost is 150 dollars which includes all materials needed for the entire course.

For more information, contact Wenner at or at (304) 462-6436.

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