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Lifeguard, swim lesson instructor classes coming to aquatic center tomorrow

Participants need to have basic swimming skills

The Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center is offering lifeguard and water safety instructor certification courses, starting Saturday.

Both programs, open to older teenagers and above, involve American Red Cross training lessons, and those who successfully complete the courses will be eligible to apply for jobs at the aquatic center -- as lifeguards or swim lesson teachers, respectively.

The lifeguarding courses for people 15 years old and up is set as a "spring break session" with classes from 8-10 p.m. Saturday and again from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4-8 .

"You do not need to be a competitive swimmer or on a swim team to take the class, you just need to have basic swimming skills," Tracy Dunne, the city's public information officer, said of the lifeguard training session.

The session includes CPR, AED, first aid and lifeguarding skills, as well as online learning coursework.

The aquatic center is also hosting a water safety instructor session for those 16 years old and older interested in becoming swim teachers. "Upon successful completion of this course, students will be qualified to teach American Red Cross 'Learn-to-Swim' courses," Dunne said.

The course will give participants in-person training in the water, along with online coursework. The on-site classes are set for April 2 from 8-10 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays between April 30 to May 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All courses will be held at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center, 4455 Black Ave. in Pleasanton. For program costs and other information, call 931-3420 or visit www.pleasantonfun.com.

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