Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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The Northwest Lifeguard Test
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This course tests the rescue skills of an individual using proven lifeguard techniques. The purpose of the test is to examine an individuals ability to perform the specific lifeguarding skills on any assigned victim at the time of the test.
Grading elements include
The Northwest Lifeguard Certification Test is offered on a regular basis at pools in the Greater Seattle area. The test is sponsored by the King and Kitsap Chapter of the American Red Cross in cooperation with recreation departments of the City of Bellevue and the City of Seattle.
* There are two certified versions of the NW Test. The full/beach certification, and modified/indoor pool certification. Scoring of the timed Head High 50 Yard Swim and the Underwater Swim in the Medley will determine your certification level. See Grading Criteria or call your nearest pool for details.
The purpose of this test is to examine your ability to perform a series of lifeguard, rescue, and physical skills required by many northwest aquatic agencies, including Seattle Parks and Recreation. Any candidate that does not pass a section is strongly encouraged to complete the rest of the test for practice and experience.
The safety of test candidates and testers is crucial. For this reason we ask that candidates taking the test, immediately release any grasp if you are pinched. When acting as a victim for a skill being tested, you may use pinching as a signal that you are being held in a grasp that makes you feel unsafe in anyway.
Equipment & Jewelry
Specialized equipment (i.e. goggles, nose plugs, swim caps, etc.) are not allowed during any portion of the test. No jewelry, watches, earrings or bracelets are allowed. Please bring a towel out on deck with you.
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REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE.
Sponsors: King and Kitsap Chapter of American Red Cross in Cooperation
with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
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Last Update March 20, 2014
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