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Department of Parks and Recreation opens free Lifeguard Ready Training program


The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is currently accepting applications for Session 3, its final session for the free Lifeguard Ready Training Program. Session 3 runs from Jan. 10 to Feb. 17, 2022.

The Lifeguard Ready Training (LRT) program is aimed at providing an inclusive education and training program to youth ages 16- 24 and is focused on the fundamental skills necessary to become a Los Angeles County Swimming Pool Lifeguard. Special emphasis will be placed on recruiting Black and Latino youth in the program.

The basic requirements to enroll in the program include being able to swim 500 yards in nine minutes and 30 seconds or less and have at least 20/30 in each eye with correction and at least 20/200 with both eyes open without correction.

Qualified participants will receive 24-hours of training over 12 sessions. Successful candidates will have an opportunity to transition into a paid Lifeguard Cadet position. The LRT program will provide participants with all the equipment necessary to complete the program including swimsuits, towels, duffel bags, etc.

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