Lifeguard Course Sundays & Wednesdays, March 9 – April 6

Lifeguard_FEATUREDMission Valley Aquatics is hiring lifeguards and swim instructors to fill morning and daytime shifts during the week. Are you available? If so, we need YOU! But first, you need to get certified!

If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great part-time or summer job, or a challenging career that’s in demand, this Red Cross Lifeguarding program is the place to start. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn patron rescue and surveillance skills, first aid and CPR/AED.

Lifeguards must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements. The total course requires 24-29 hours of lecture and in-water skill work, spread over four weeks. Applicants earn a two-year Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification after passing written and practical skills tests.

The spring Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED course is scheduled for Sundays and Wednesdays, March 9 – April 6. There are nine total lessons, each three hours long with a pre-course skills test on the first day. The schedule is as follows:

• Sunday, March 9, 12-1 p.m. – Pre-course Water Skills Test
• Sunday, March 9, 1-4 p.m. – Lesson 1: Entries and Approaches
• Wednesday, March 12, 6-9 p.m. – Lesson 2: Facility Safety
• Sunday, March 16, 1-4 p.m. – Lesson 3: Rescue Skills
• Wednesday, March 19, 6-9 p.m. – Lesson 4: Submerged Victim
• Sunday, March 23, 1-4 p.m. – Lesson 5: Breathing Emergencies
• Wednesday, March 26, 6-9 p.m. – Lesson 6: Cardiac Emergencies
• Sunday, March 30, 1-4 p.m. – Lesson 7: First Aid
• Wednesday, April 2, 6-9 p.m. – Lesson 8: Head, Neck and Spinal
• Sunday, April 6, 1-4 p.m. – Lesson 9: Final Written Exams, Practical Skills Test

Follow this link to register and pay for the course. Also, download the MVA Course Information Sheet and Participant Waiver, and bring your signed copies to class on the first day.

If you are interested in earning your certification and ultimately working at the Mission Valley Aquatic Center, you should sign up for this great course, which is typically only offered in the spring and fall. If the cost of the course is a deterrent for you, Mission Valley Aquatics has a financial assistance program for qualified applicants. More information is available HERE.

For more information, call the pool during business hours 406-883-4567, or email

Download the Red Cross Lifeguarding Fact Sheet

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Mission Valley Aquatic Center
P.O. Box 774
Polson, Montana 59860

(406) 883-4567