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Lifeguards Train For Summer Pool Season

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Life guards with the Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism get 10 hours of online studies, and they must take a test before they begin a 12-hour, in-the-water training. The training includes locating distressed swimmers and getting them out of the water safely within two minutes. Guards also learn CPR, AED and First Aid training from Starfish Swimming curriculum.

Life guard in-service training will continue throughout the summer.

"We just run our staff through our drills," said Training and Safety Coordinator Beth Scheimann. "We want them to just react and not have to stop and think. And the way you do that best is just to continue to do those practice drills."

In August 2011, a 2-year old was found in the shallow area of Otter Creek water park not breathing. She survived, but the near drowning forced Greenville County to make changes. Now every child under 42-inches tall is required to wear a life jacket. And every child should be under adult supervision.

The county says you can also help keep pools safe by having a buddy system for your kids if they visit the pool with a large group. Also, make sure your kids check in with you several times while swimming.

When it comes to making sure your kids are safe the state has pool coverage requirements for life guards. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control's website explains that lifeguard coverage depends on the size of the pool and how many swimmers are in the water.

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