Lifeguarding CPR


Lifeguarding is one of the many physical education course options offered at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. Throughout this semester long class, members spend time in the pool and classroom, learning life saving techniques.

Along with certification in lifeguarding, students are also given the opportunity to obtain CPR certification.  In previous years, the future lifeguards took a field trip to the Latrobe Red Cross for a day spent learning the latest CPR techniques. This year, thirty-four lifeguarding students ventured to C106 to learn all about CPR.

After checking in with homeroom teachers, students met in a CPR mannequin filled C106. Throughout the day, future lifeguards learned how to give rescue breaths and CPR for infants, children, and adults. “My favorite part of CPR was learning how to do two person CPR,” says Junior Emily Yokopenic.

Mrs. Curci taught patiently as the students slowly began to understand the concepts. “Certifying 34 students in one day is definitely a challenge and thank goodness it was Friday!  The students were very patient and very tired after the day was over.  It is not an easy day for anyone and everyone deserves a lot of credit for getting through the day,” says Curci. Students also learned how to help both conscious and unconscious choking victims and how to properly operate an automated external defibrillator (AED).

At the end of the day as students completed a written test. If the student got 70% of the 30 question test correct, they received Professional Rescuer  CPR certification, which is valid for a year.