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Motherhouse indoor pool used for Red Cross lifeguard training

Anne Abbott, left, poses with her Red Cross lifeguard training class on their last swim of the course in the Nazareth Motherhouse pool.

Summer means swimming. And swimming means the need for lifeguards. But where does a community find lifeguards?

The Red Cross has an answer. Anne Abbott, of Kensington, has been busy for the past two weekends training new lifeguards at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Motherhouse indoor pool. This class wrapped up on Sunday.

Students from Concordia and Belleville logged in at least 27 hours of class time and pool time to prepare for working in area community swimming pools this summer. Future lifeguards in the class ranged in age from 15 to 19. Fifteen is the minimum age to train for Red Cross lifeguard certification.

The Nazareth Motherhouse offers an indoor pool and meeting rooms which makes it ideal for advance training during chilly weather. Abbott teaches the course two to three times a year. Red Cross swimming classes are well-known in the community.

“Everyone uses the ‘Learn to Swim’ classes for younger swimmers,” Abbott said. “The lifeguard certificate is nationally and internationally recognized.”

Anyone interested in lifeguard certification training should contact their local Red Cross.

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