American Red Cross Certification Classes


Lifeguard Pre-Test

The Lifeguarding Pre-test is required for all Lifeguard Training and Re-certification courses. It will take place at  the 1st in-class session. Participants must pass all 3 sections, in order to move on to the remainder of the course. Those who do not pass will receive a partial refund.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.  
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

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Lifeguard Training Courses

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to 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 (EMS) personnel take over. The blended learning program offers students the ability to combine online learning assignments (approximately 7 hours) with in-class skill sessions (approximately 20 hours.)

Next Course:
Wednesday, August 23rd: 9am-3:45pm
Thursday, August 24th: 9am- 3:45pm
Friday, August 25th: 9am-3:45pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 11th
*Blended Learning Courses require a strict deadline due to the online work required for the in-class sessions. Participants will be emailed instructions to access the online work approximately 1 week before the first class. Participants Must attend all days of class

Registration is available online.
Location: Dillon Gym
Course Cost: $350

Successful completion of the course will result in a 2 year certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

Lifeguard Review/Re-Certification Courses

To enroll in this course, participants must possess a current certification (or expired less than 30 days) in Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

Next Course: TBD
Location: Dillon Gym
Course Cost: $195

Questions regarding any certification courses can be directed to
Kaitlin Dobiesz
Assistant Director of Aquatics for Programming