The Hesperia Recreation and Park District is currently accepting applications for American Red Cross lifeguard training, which will educate participants on the risk of drowning and other aquatic injuries.

The training course has been around for more than 30 years, providing entry-level participants with the knowledge needed to handle aquatic emergencies as a certified lifeguard upon completion of the course. By training to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies, lifeguards can help those in need while waiting for medical services to take over if necessary.

“We want our residents who come to our pools to be safe and one way to do that is to have certified lifeguards working at our facilities,” Hesperia Recreation and Park District General Manager Lindsay Woods said.

Those interested in becoming a lifeguard must complete the pre-course assessment which is an evaluation of the candidate's skills in the water. After the in-water assessment, the top 12 candidates will be admitted into the class to begin training.

According to Red Cross’ website, the in-water assessment includes swimming 300 yards continuously, treading water for two minutes using only the legs, surface diving to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object and more.

“I think it’s a great training for the youth in our community that are seeking summer employment,” Woods said. “Many of the skills are life-long skills that will benefit them for years to come.”

In order to join the lifeguard training, participants must be at least 15 years or older by the last day of the course. Those under the age of 18 must bring a participation waiver signed by a parent prior to the in-water assessment.

There will be a $15 nonrefundable charge for the assessment, then an additional $165 per person for the training classes. The fee will include instruction, one CPR mask and American Red Cross lifeguard certification.

Those interested in the lifeguard training must be registered for the course by noon on March 3. Registration is being accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Lime Street Park Community Center, 16292 Lime St., Hesperia.

The lifeguard training course itself will be held on March 4 at Spring Valley Lake Country Club, 13229 Spring Valley Parkway, Victorville. For more information, visit HesperiaParks.com or call 760-244-5488.