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Important Information about certification requirements for working at a pool in Montgomery County, Maryland.
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For Guarding Candidates:

To become a lifeguard, you must meet the following minimum requirements to enroll in a certification class:

* Be at least 15 years old.
* Swim 300 yards continuously, using freestyle and breaststroke.
* Surface dive and retrieve a 10lb brick from at least 8ft deep.
* Tread water for 2 minutes without using your arms or hands.

​Meeting these requirements will gain you entrance to The Professional Lifeguard Course, which covers 3 areas of training:

* Lifeguarding
* First Aid

When you pass the course you will be certified in Lifeguarding and First Aid for 2 years and Professional CPR for 1 year. All 3 phases must be completed in consecutive days with passing scores to recieve your certification.
For Operator and Managerial Candidates:

To become a licensed pool operator in Montgomery County, 
you must meet the following minimum requirements:

* minimum age of 17 
* minimum of 520 hours of lifeguarding experience (w/ letter of proof)
* completion of Swimming Pool Operators Course
* take County Pool Operators Exam and purchase Photo ID License

​The course is required prior to taking the County test for the Pool Operator's License.

Here are some pertinent links to help you get certified: