As 2016 gets slowly closer to summertime, residents may want to take an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of spotting and rescuing those in danger poolside.

The Hesperia Recreation and Park District will again offer the annual American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course.

The course starts March 12 with pre-course assessment taking place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. before the course officially begins at 11 a.m. The top 12 candidates will be selected upon the in-water assessment of swimming skills.

The seven-week training program takes place in the spring and offers a certification upon successful completion.

“From what I’ve seen, about 90 percent of students who take this course go on to become lifeguards,” Steve Hamm, recreation supervisor for the park district, told the Hesperia Star in a previous report. “The training is rigorous so that when the students graduate, they really know what they’re doing.”

The course fee is $165 per person with an additional $15 (nonrefundable) in-water assessment fee. Registration is being accepted at Lime Street Park Community Center on a first come basis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All participants must be registered for the class by 4 p.m. March 11.

Candidates must be 15 years of age or older. Participants under 18 years of age must have a parent sign a participation waiver prior to the in-water assessment.

Lime Street Park Community Center is at 16292 Lime St. For more information, visit www.hesperiaparks.com or call 760-244-5488.