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Holyoke parks and recreation training future lifeguards

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The Holyoke Parks and Recreation kicked off training courses for future lifeguards.

Trainees are working towards their American Red Cross lifeguards certification.

All the participants must go to several day-long sessions to get certified, including CPR and first aid.

One teen is getting ready to take on this summer job after the course, and he says he's humbled to be able to take on a role that saves lives.

"Lifeguarding is like," began Kenneth Hiesler. "You're putting more responsibility on yourself, but I feel like I needed that."

The trainers say that these skills are important , as swimming can be a fun yet dangerous activity.

They say the lifeguards will be fully equipped to make a rescue.

"To anyone who's swimming," instructor Maura Shea told us. "Swim near a guarded area. These lifeguards are trained in CPR, first aid, and water rescues. If you're in trouble, they know how to handle themselves in the water and how to pull someone out safely."

Lifeguards will continue their training throughout the month before certification.

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