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Lakes Area Recreation
720 Fillmore Street
Suite B020
Alexandria MN 56308

Lakes Area Gymnastics
1910 Aga Drive
Alexandria MN 56308
320-219-9724

American Red Cross Courses 2017
American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course
Instructor: Kelly Wencl
This course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. The course content and activities will prepare participants to make appropriate decisions about the care to provide in an aquatic emergency and a medical emergency. 
This course includes certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR & AED. Participants must be 15 years old on or before the last day of class. Cost includes participant materials and supplies.

Participants will also be required to pass a prerequisite swimming skills test before being allowed to progress through the course. NO refund will be issued if unable to pass the prerequisite skills on the first day of class!
Prerequisite skills include:
· Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
· Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
· Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds

Location:  Discovery Middle School – pool and classroom (an informational letter will be sent out prior to the first day of class)

Note: Participants must attend ALL classes in the session for which they register.
There must be a minimum of 4 people registered to hold class.  

Class #: 6900.301
Session 1: 
Monday - Thursday, March 13-16, 2017 from 9am-5pm
Fee: $180
Registration deadline: Monday, February 27th, 2017
Registration is now closed for this course.


American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course
Instructor: Kelly Wencl
The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress. Swimming experience is a MUST. Participants must be 16 years of age on or before the last date of the course.  Proof of age will be required at the start of the class.  Cost includes participant materials and supplies.

Participants will also be required to pass a prerequisite swimming skills test at Level 4/Intermediate 4 ability or higher before being allowed to progress through the course.  
Prerequisite skills include:
- 25 yards front crawl
- 25 yards back crawl
​- 25 yards breaststroke
- 25 yards elementary backstroke
- 25 yards sidestroke
- 15 yards butterfly
  • Maintain a position on back for 1 minute in deep water, either floating or sculling
  • Tread water for 1 minute
Please note: NO refund will be issued if unable to pass the prerequisite skills on the first day of class!​

Location: Discovery Middle School pool and classroom (an informational letter will be sent out prior to the first day of class)

Note: Participants must attend ALL classes in the session for which they register. There must be a minimum of 3 people registered in order to hold class - maximum of 6 participants, so register early!

Class #: 6903.301
Monday, February 27th from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1st from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3rd from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8th from 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Registration deadline: Monday, February 13th, 2017
Fee: $195
Registration is now closed for this course.

​Lakes Area Recreation Water Safety Aide Course
Instructor: Kelly Wencl
The Lakes Area Recreation Water Safety Aide Course teaches participants how to assist Water Safety Instructors in conducting swim lesson classes. Participants must also exhibit a strong sense of maturity and responsibility and be at least 14 years of age on or before the last day of the course. Course will consist of classroom and pool time. Cost includes participant materials and supplies. This course is facility specific to Lakes Area Recreation. 

LocationDiscovery Middle School pool and classroom (an informational letter will be sent out prior to the first day of class)

Note: Participants must attend ALL classes. There must be a minimum of 5 people registered in order to hold class.

Class #: 6904.301
Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $55
Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Registration is now closed for this course.

Class #: 6901.301
Session 2: 
Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19 from 4-9pm
AND
Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21 from 8am-5pm
Fee: $180
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 4th
Registration is now closed for this course.