What is the American Red Cross lifeguard training program like?

I live in Minnesota, Twin Cities, and I was wondering how difficult the program is? How long does this training take and is this training accepted out of state(California or Florida)?I am seventeen years old and I want to get a job that will allow me to help people and at the same time be proud of what I do. I swim all the time in the summer months and I feel I am good at it. Do you have to be an amazing swimmer to be a lifeguard? You don't have to answer all of the questions and thanks in advance.

Asked By: Jeremy - 2/16/2009
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well i recently took the class, and it was a piece of cake. The only hard parts will be the AED test because its very technical, like v-tac and v-phb and stuff. The other hard part is the in the water training. Spinals are a pain and if you get paired up with a clutz you could end up in more trouble then you started... More
Answered By: Jared H\ - 2/16/2009
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When I took it (4 years ago) it wasn't hard. But I have been a swimmer my whole life, and I took the class with all swimmers (except 1). So, backboarding someone in the deep end was a piece of cake for us. But since you swim during the summer, you shouldn't have a problem. The other girl who took the class with us... More
Answered By: Katy S - 2/17/2009
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