FORT SILL, Okla. -- With swim season only months away, the Fort Sill Aquatics staff will hold a prerequisite swim test March 1 at 8 a.m. at Rinehart Indoor Pool. The test meets requirements for applicants interested in attending upcoming American Red Cross lifeguarding and first aid training courses.

The swim test consists of three parts:

A 300-yard continuous swim consisting of 100 yards each of freestyle, breaststroke and a third leg of either previous stroke or a combination of the two.

A 25-yard swim and surface dive to retrieve a 10-pound brick from the bottom of pool; surface, swim on back with both hands holding the brick out of the water back to the origination point; set brick on deck, and get out of water, then stand up. This portion is timed and must be completed in less than 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Tread water for two minutes without use of hands.

The 32-hour lifeguard training course classes are conducted Mondays through Thursdays, from March 3-13 from 4-8 p.m. at Rinehart.

Slots are still available to candidates who pass the swim test before enrolling.

In addition to first aid, the course will cover CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and blood borne pathogens training. The cost for the course is $200, payable upon completion of the swim test.

People who would like to schedule practice time for the prerequisite swim test, should call the Aquatics Office staff at 580-442-6186.

Rinehart Pool is at 2730 Bragg Road.

Other training courses are being offered March 31 through April 10; April 28 through May 8; and May 26 through June 5.

The 40-hour American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course is offered in April. It will meet four Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class dates are April 5, 12, 19 and 26. The cost is $225.

WSI candidates must pass a prerequisite swim test equivalent to an Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 4 Swimmer.

For more information or to schedule a swim test, call the Aquatics Office staff at 580-442-6200/6175.