Lifeguard Training




Howell High School HAAC

Level III ARC LG Training

Class Syllabus, Overview and Expectations




NOTE: It is understood that you will read this packet with your parents, and by the last day of the second week you will have brought any family concerns to the staff to be worked out.  Otherwise, it is implicit that you will abide by these policies.

NOTE 2:  If you have any medical condition of which the staff should be aware please take care to do so.


Upon successful completion of the 33 hour American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course, participants will receive two certificates; Lifeguard Training with First Aide and CPR for the professional rescuer.  The course content and activities require self-discipline and personal responsibility and will prepare candidates to prevent, recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquatic emergencies.   .

Participants must meet the age and skill prerequisites.  1.  15 years old by the end of class.  2. Swim 500 yards continuously, using 200 yards of front crawl with rhythmic breathing, 100 yards of breaststroke, and the final 200 yards a combination of the two strokes.  3. Swim 20 yards front crawl, or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lb. brick and swim 20 yards back to the starting point.   Students who do not pass the pre-requisites will need to see their counselor to be placed in another class.




Any questions about student conduct will fall back on the State of Michigan Physical Education Curriculum standard that Students in PE will “…demonstrate appropriate behavior which exemplify each of the following personal/social character traits: compassion, confidence, cooperation, fairness, honesty, loyalty, perseverance, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and work.”


Absolute rules and responsibilities of each student:

1.      Be kind to one another.  Random acts of kindness will be rewarded, as will vindictiveness.

2.      Gym and Pool PE classes WILL be a safe place to learn.

3.      Never get near the pool water without expressed permission of the instructor.

Supplementary rules:

Be Respectful of others’:

1.      Personal space

2.      Property

3.      Feelings

Be Responsible:

1.      Students are held responsible to attend classes and arrive promptly.

2.      Students are held responsible for being prepared for class, wearing appropriate clothing and following the dress code.

3.      Students are responsible for their behavior.  It is expected that they behave in a mature and respectful manner.

4.      Students are responsible for sustaining a high level of activity engagement.

Be Reasonable

1.      Grades, make-up time, and other items you may need teacher help with may take time or extra student steps to complete.  Be proactive and make appointments early.

What should I bring?

            In PE class, a second set of clothes to be worn on a daily basis.  A top, sweatpants or shorts, socks and gym shoes all of appropriate variety are mandatory.  Participation points will be deducted for not dressing and those cannot be made up.

            Showers and soap are available at the school campus, but you must bring your own towel.  Frosh may decide to maintain 2 lockers during the swim units.  You may rent a lock from the district for $5 each, which will be returned to you at the end of the semester, or you may bring your own lock(s) from home.  Do not share locks and take care not to bring valuables to the locker room. At Parker, please only use large lockers during your class period.  Small lockers are to be used for overnight storage. 

Lockers are your responsibility!

Avoiding the “Super-bug” MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylyoccoccus aureus).  Wash hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Do NOT share personal items (towels, bar soap, wash clothes, razors, or clothing).  Seek care immediately at first signs of infection (red, swollen, painful, warm, draining pus).  Keep wounds clean and covered with a dry bandage, especially if the wound is draining.  Follow healthcare providers instructions on proper wound care.  Throw away soiled bandages.  Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.  Wash all clothes, towels and sheets in water with laundry detergent at hottest suitable temperature.  Add bleach, if desired.  Dry in a dryer at hottest suitable temperature.


What can I expect on a daily basis?

            In the gym: Team sports activities/tournaments are planned daily. Many activities are outdoors and you should dress accordingly.  Classes go outside unless it is 35 degrees or raining at the beginning of class.  Upon any whistle, stop activity and listen for instructions.  In PE class, you will have five (5) minutes, after the bell, in the locker room to dress for class.  You will be dismissed 7-10 minutes before the end of class to redress for class.  Attendance will be taken from your gym space.  If you are not in your gym space when attendance begins, you are tardy/absent.  Please use the restroom and take care of all personal issues during changing times, as locker rooms will be locked during class time.

            Each day students will receive a grade for their attendance and promptness, participation, dress, and demeanor while completing the daily objectives for the class.  Students will be graded daily on a four (4) point system.   Each point is based on, attendance and promptness, appropriate dress and preparedness, behavior and level of engagement.

Lunch and or Regular detentions will be assigned after the sixth tardy and/or after the third non-dress, leaving the gym or lockers before the final bell, inappropriate language or behavior



            The attendance policy and code of conduct of the Howell Public Schools will be strictly enforced. When make up time is required it is first expected that two (2) of the three (3) activity packets of the quarter will be completed for credit.  Then make up time will be afforded, at the end of each quarter, at the teachers’ discretion.  School related absences must be made up and are counted against the grade but not the school attendance policy.  If you are ill, the teacher will decide if you should dress and participate or work on a different activity.  Please see the teacher at the beginning of the hour to best provide for your needs.


How will I be graded?

In the gym:

Participation -  @90% of your grade

  1. All required days and health related fitness tests must be made up or an incomplete will result.
  2. Includes dress, attitude, and behavior components

Team standings - @5%

  1. The total standings of all activity teams on which you participated each quarter.

Fitness tests - @5%

  1. All fitness tests must be completed or an incomplete will result

Note: If teacher is absent from the pool additional activity packet work may become necessary!


Semester grade is figured – forty(40%) 1st quarter, forty (40%) 2nd quarter and ten (20%) r the final tournament standings.