West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification Classes available at Pipestem Resort

4/27/2012
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification classes are getting underway at Pipestem Resort State Park indoor swimming pool, according to Certified Lifeguarding Instructor Steve Robertson. "Anyone working at swimming facilities in West Virginia are required by state and local health departments to have certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED in order to work as a Lifeguard," said Robertson. "We are extremely fortunate that Pipestem has made these facilities available to make this training possible.”

With the updated version of the Lifeguarding course, all of the certifications listed above are good for two years. This certification qualifies the individual to be a lifeguard of swimming pools anywhere in the U.S., although many pools require their own swimming test before employment. The course length must be at least 25.25 hours which involves book work, skills tests, and learning how to rescue a "potential" drowning victim. There is a pre- test on the first night of class that participants must pass in order to proceed in the class.

"The dedication of the very qualified employees can really make a difference in how smoothly a swimming pool operation runs," Robertson said. "It is a huge responsibility and very underappreciated by people who have never sat in a lifeguard chair."

Dates for the next five-day class are April 30, May 1, 2, 3 and May 7. Class begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m. The cost of the class this season is $200 and includes all books and materials. Classes are open to anyone interested in achieving Red Cross Lifeguard certification. To register, call Steve Robertson at 304-466-1800 ext. 471. Pre-registration is required. Students must attend all five class dates. Additional classes may be scheduled to accommodate swimming facilities attempting to get employees certified for summer work.

Robertson is the recreation supervisor at Pipestem Resort State Park with 26 years of experience in Aquatics and the state park system. Some of the certifications he holds are Certified Pool Operator, Lifeguard instructor, First Aid instructor, CPR/AED instructor and he oversees the Recreation Department at this Summers County destination. He is a 1992 Graduate of Concord College studying Travel Industry Management with a concentration in Park and Resort Mgt. "I enjoy working with and meeting new people, and teaching them skills that not only will help them get a job, but will stay with them the rest of their lives."

Contact Information

Steve Robertson, Pipestem State Park
304-466-1800 x 471 
steve.w.robertson@wv.gov