Lifeguard classes and the current shortage of guards in Bismarck

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – Lifesaving classes will be held this weekend at the Bismarck Aquatic Center.

Lifeguard students attend a two-day course where they learn many important skills that will help them in their new roles should the situation arise.

“They take a swim test and go through all the lifesaving procedures. CPR and type of first aid. It’s a well-rounded class,” said Mike Wald, director of facilities and programs for the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District.

Having lifeguards at the pool is very important because they are constantly watching swimmers in the water and ready to provide lifesaving skills. However, there is a national and local shortage. They say they hope everything will be back to normal by the summer.

“We’re seeing a little bit of a slowdown in applications for lifeguards coming in. We’ve been expecting and hoping for even more for our summer program,” Wald said.

For more information on future lifesaving lessons, you can visit Bismarck Aquatic Center website.

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