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Lamar Aquatics announces activities for spring semester

A part of the Lamar University Department of Recreational Sports, Lamar Aquatics, is offering American Red Cross lifeguarding classes, water aerobics classes and American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED and First Aid courses for the spring semester.

“These classes help spread awareness of life-saving skills needed to help others,” said Megan Coots, aquatics coordinator. “Taking these classes can help you obtain jobs, and most importantly, keep your family and friends, as well as yourself, safe. The more knowledge you have, the better prepared you are for any situation.”

Starting March 10, the American Red Cross lifeguarding class offers certification in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid, upon successful completion. The class costs $200 per person, and all participants must be 15 years old by class day. All students in the class must pass the pre-test, consisting of swimming 300 yards, a brick test, and a two minute tread.

With three classes still available for those who wish to learn emergency care, the five-hour First Aid courses cost $35 without purchasing a book and $50 with purchasing a book. The water aerobics class, which began January 21, welcomes non-swimmers.

Coots said the American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED and First Aid courses are usually offered year round, while the American Red Cross lifeguarding and water aerobics classes are available in the spring and part of the summer.

The pool, located in the Health and Human Performance Complex, is open to all LU/LIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have a valid LU or LIT identification card, with a certified lifeguard always on duty.

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