Seven Ohio Hi-Point Exercise Science students have completed their pre-water skills check this week with the Hilliker YMCA in Bellefontaine as they work to earn their lifeguard certification.
These students will now complete the certification classes both in-person and online. These classes include safety and rescue techniques, CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillators (AED).
"It has been a great experience, they have been nothing but kind and accommodating and Kyle, the instructor, has been great working with the kids to get them to succeed," said Exercise Science instructor Heather Smith.
The lifeguard certification is a newly added certification for the Exercise Science program after Smith noticed a need for skilled lifeguards in the community. Not only are lifeguards needed at facilities like the YMCA, but local pools during the summer months to keep kids and families safe.
"This is another great way for the students to learn career skills in the exercise science pathway while earning an invaluable credential - and find a paying job using that credential," said Smith. "I'm very thankful to have a partnership with the Hilliker YMCA to help make our students career ready."
A second group of Smith's exercise science students plan to complete their pre-water skills check in a few weeks.