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FREE Lifeguarding Course -
February 5-7, 2016

This course is designed for those interested in Campus Rec employment. Only individuals with OneCard access to Burdick Hall will be eligible for enrollment in the course. Participants are responsible for a $25 pre-course fee, and the $200 course fee will be waived.

Course Description

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) take over. The course will comprise of class sessions (to include lectures, activities, videos and hands on practice), water sessions (to include scenarios and hands on practice) and two final written exams.


Interested individuals must take the Pre-Course on Tuesday, December 1 - 8:00-9:00 a.m. or Thursday, December 3 - 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Participants must be able to pass the pre-course, consisting of the following:

  • Continuous 300 yard swim, demonstrating proficiency in front crawl (using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick) and breaststroke (using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence). The 300 yard swim is not timed.

  • 2-minute tread without support and without stopping. Participants can use only their legs.
  • Retrieve a 10 lb. brick from the bottom of the pool (12 feet) and swim 20 yards with the brick, without the use of goggles. This must be done within 1 minute and 40 seconds

Participants must attend and pass 1 of 2 pre-course dates listed below. If unable to attend or pre-course is failed, the participant is ineligible to take Lifeguard course.

Course Dates & Times

Friday, 2/5 (6:00-9:00pm)
Saturday, 2/6 (9:00am-6:00pm)
Sunday 2/7 (9:00am-6:00pm)


To register, visit the Campus Recreation Main Office- Room 148 in Burdick Hall.


If you would like your own copy of the American Red Cross Participant Manual, you may purchase one to be available the first day of class. The manual simplifies learning and understanding of the material, and reinforces key points from the lecture portions of the course and contains skill sets. The manual will be yours to keep and serve as a reference after the course. Please click here to download and print the Lifeguarding Participant Manual if you are opting not to purchase the manual.


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