Spring 2014 Amer. Red Cross Lifeguarding Classes
Location: Macher Swim
2004 Corporate Pl., Columbia,
provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to
prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for
breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until
emergency medical services personnel take over.
be at least 15 years of age before last scheduled class session; be able to
swim 500 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic
breathing, using front crawl or breaststroke, swimming on the back or side is not allowed; tread water 2 minutes
using legs only, place hands under arm pits.
Complete the following timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds: start
in the water swim 20 yards (no goggles), surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10
pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back w/both hands
holding the object while keeping face at or near surface for breathing. Exit the water w/out using ladder or
steps. The prerequisite test will occur
on the first day of the course.
Items to bring to each class meeting: Suit, towel, lifeguarding manual, pencil and paper.
attend entire course, participate in all skills, demonstrate competency in all
required skills, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%.
Upon successful completion: you will receive an American Red Cross certificate
for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.
The minimum number of students per class is five.
contact Joanne Macher, 573-875-7946
To Enroll: choose
from one of the following sections and call 875-7946 or go on line to the
life guarding page of www.macherswim.com
2014 Amer. Red Cross Lifeguarding Full course
The price includes a CPR mask and the ARC text book in the full course only.
Section A Cost $175.00
Friday, April 4 5-8pm
Saturday, April 5 noon-6pm
Sunday, April 6 1-5pm
Friday, April 11 5-8pm
Saturday, April 12 noon-6pm
*Sunday, April 13 1-5pm
Section B Cost $175.00
Friday, April 25 5-8pm
Saturday, April 26 noon-6pm
Sunday, April 27 1-5pm
Friday, May 2 5-8pm
Saturday, May 3 noon-6pm
*Sunday, May 4 1-5pm
* Indicates a class which may run shorter or longer.
2014 Amer. Red Cross Lifeguarding Challenge courses. Includes CPR
Section C Cost $95.00
Saturday, May 17 1-6pm
Section D Cost $100.00
Sunday, May 18 1-6pm
2014 Amer. Red Cross CPR courses
Amer. Red Cross CPR Full course: Cost: $80.00. Includes a CPR mask.
Call Joanne Macher at 875-7946 for times.
Amer. Red Cross CPR challenge course: Cost: $55.00
Saturday March 22, 2014 9am--noon
Call Joanne Macher at 875-7946 for additional times.
Welcome to Macher Swim School 2014
Mid-Missouri’s Best Swim
Welcome to Macher
The best is not expensive it’s priceless!
This is especially true when you consider the
life saving skills that becoming a good swimmer can provide.
Macher Swim School
to truly be the best choice for swimming lessons for you &/or your family.
Macher Swim School
was founded in Columbia, MO in 1976 when Joanne Macher taught lessons
at the old Christian College Pool. The
pool is no longer there and the college has since changed their name to Columbia College. Macher’s is the oldest, best,
and most professional swim school in Mid Missouri.
Joanne is a charter member of the National Swim School
Association, a member of Columbia’s
Safe Kids Coalition, and an American Red Cross Life Guard Instructor. She
started teaching swimming in the late 1950’s as a teacher’s aide and has taught
swimming every year since. In addition, she has coached swimming since 1976 and
is has earned the recognition as an
American Swim Coaches Association’s level 4 coach out of a possible of 5 levels.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education
and Master’s Degree in Education Joanne has a solid foundation in knowledge,
skill, and experience in producing the best and most professional swim school
in the Mid-Missouri and beyond.
Standards for Macher’s Swim Lesson Program
- The goal of Macher Swim
School is to have
all students be safe in our classes, enjoy the learning experience (for
some this may not happen on the first day or two), and to get results by
teaching the student how to swim and improve their swimming skills.
- Pool chemistry is properly balanced for a healthy
environment: we normally maintain a chlorine reading of 2.0-3.0 ppm, ph
reading of 7.4-7.6, and water temp.of 860-880 F.
- Instructors are professional, well trained, and
have safety as their #1 concern
- Instructors teach in a manner that is enjoyable
& gains results for their students
- Instructors are expected to keep students active
and engaged during the lesson
Benefits of Various Classes
- Tots class
Beginner class & Advancing beginners
- Teaches parents how to help their child learn
how to swim through effective Macher’s teaching methods.
- Helps the parent learn how to help their child
in the water safely.
- Teaches parents about water safety for their
- Helps encourage bonding and an enjoyable
experience between parent and child
Junior Swimmers thru Intermediate
- Helps meet safety and developmental needs of
children 3-6 years of age.
- If older children come to us at this level we
work with them at their age development needs, which will be different
than working with a younger child.
- Teaches basic swimming skills needed for self
rescue and good decision making in and around the water.
- Develops a foundation for correct swimming
techniques & other aquatic skills
- Enhance the foundation skills so the student is
well on their way to become a skillful swimmer
- Further swimming knowledge to increase their
safety in and around the water
- Broaden knowledge and skills in the water to
increase good decision making
- Provides an opportunity for skills needed for
more access to training in water safety, water rescue, life guarding
classes, and perhaps joining a swim team
- Helps a student become a safe and skilled swimmer
- Acquisition of these more advanced knowledge and
water skills, like competitive swimming and should be encouraged as these
enhance aquatic safety.
- Even if this student does not become a
competitive swimmer they will develop excellent technique and skill to be
able to use swimming as a fitness tool for life.
- Advanced swimming skills opens many doors for
safe recreation and fun around the water…motorboats, tubing, rafting,
skiing, fishing, personal watercraft, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, scuba
diving, snorkeling, etc.
- Registration: is held on a first come first served basis.
Registration may be made on line at: www.macherswim.com/swimmingregistration,
by calling our office at (573) 875-7946, or by stopping by Macher Swim School,
2004 Corporate Pl,
- Check-in: when arriving for the lessons please arrive
about 10 minutes before your class begins and check-in and pay at the
office. On the first day of classes please take your child to the section
of the pool where their lesson will be held and introduce your child to
- Payment: payments are usually made in full on or before
the first day of classes. We accept cash, checks, and MasterCard &
Use of a credit/debit card: There is an additional $2 charge for use of a credit
or debit card, a $10 minimum may be charged. At this time we are not accepting
payments on line, but can handle on the phone payments, however, there is an
additional $4 charge for over-the-phone payments. We apologize for making these
additional charges for use of a ‘card’; however the credit card companies
charge us 3%-5% for each transaction.
Returned check fee charge is $20: If returned
checks are not settled within 10 days they will be turned over to the
Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
Macher’s frequently works with the customer’s
financial needs and if there is a
need to spread out your payment please contact Joanne Macher, (573) 875-7946.
Paying by the class: In some situations it is more appropriate to pay the single class rate
verses paying for an entire session.
Single class rate for children: $12.50/class. Single class rate for
Multiple family member discounts: there is a $2 discount for additional family members
in the same session of group swim lessons. This is offered when the cost for
the session of lessons is $65 or greater.
For example: If the cost for the first child is $80 the second child’s
cost would be $78, the third child’s cost would also be $78.
- Questions: If you have a question during the lessons
contact the staff in the office, or if necessary ask your child’s
instructor or the most senior staff member in the pool. We are always happy to make your
experience at Macher
a great one. Also, feel free to
call our office (573-875-7946) to further discuss concerns. If you feel
you have a need for an exception to our policies please contact Joanne
Macher, (573) 875-7946.
for a Session of Classes: need
to be made with a manager a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the
beginning of the session; otherwise, a $20 cancellation fee will be
charged. This policy applies to
group and private lessons.
watching: from the deck or the
observation room is at the discretion of the parent, however, Macher Swim School
recommends to observe from the location that is best for the child to be
able to focus on instruction
- Make-ups: Macher
offers make-ups for missed lessons. If Macher Swim
School must cancel
classes due to weather or facility problems there is no charge for make-up
classes. Announcements pertaining to the scheduling of those classes will
be made as soon as possible. If the student must miss it is possible to
schedule a make-up prior to missing a class. Make-up classes should be
made as soon as possible and not wait to the end of the session of
classes. All make-ups must be completed within 2 months of the
There will be a $2.00 administration fee to schedule a make-up class if the
student must miss a class. If the
student misses because of illness Macher’s encourages contacting us for a
make-up class after the student is feeling better. There is an additional $2.00
fee for a make-up class resulting from missing a missed make-up class.
There will be a $5.00 administration fee to schedule a make-up lesson for a
missed private lesson. There will be an additional $5.00 fee for a make-up
class resulting from missing a missed private lesson.
minimum 3 & normal maximum 5 beginners, 6 advancing beginners, junior
swimmer, low intermediate, 10 swim squad.
Occasionally we will decide to hold a class smaller than our normal
minimum. If that is done and there
is only one student in the class the time length of that class may be shortened
by 10 minutes.
- Food at
the Facility: Macher Swim
School prefers no
food on the deck or in the dressing areas. Crumbs in wet areas attract
bugs. Food may be consumed in the entry and observation room. Thank you.
shoes: Macher Swim
School prefers all
who enter the building, dressing rooms, and pool deck to have clean shoes.
Dripping bathers going to and fro create puddles and dirt on the floor
quickly turns into mud which tracks easily. Please wipe shoes before
entering. Thank you.
Glass: Since so many of us run
around with bare feet we also prefer that glass items not be brought onto
the deck or into the locker rooms.
Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Tips for
Parents & Child Care Providers
- Be water smart for your children. The
vast majority of drownings occur when the victim did not intend to go
swimming; this is true for children and adults. For children this means
the water was entered without an adult’s knowledge.
- Beat the statistics In Missouri,
drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 5 years old and
younger. The first cause is auto accidents. Most people ‘buckle-in’ their children
in the car. How about getting your
child to become a safe and good swimmer?
- Supervision should be done by an attentive & responsible adult. Do not let children supervise children.
Children around water should be constantly watched.
- Know Rescue Skills as Rescue Breathing & CPR*
- Be sure children are strong swimmers this skill could be a life saver for your child
or if they continue with their training and become a life guard*
their skills could be a life saver for someone else.
- With back yard pools provide layers of
protection between the living area and the pool. For example: self-closing
& locking gates, no toys on deck to attract children to play there,
keep items away from outside the fence that might temp children to climb
- Special situations that need awareness & supervision by adults:
Rising creeks, tubs, buckets, etc. Docks, boating, & other types of
aquatic recreational equipment…these are always interesting and enticing
- For more tips see our brochure, ‘Save Your
* Macher Swim
School offers the
American Red Cross courses in these areas.