Campus Rec offers lifeguarding certification courses during the academic year. Only individuals with a valid Towson OneCard will be eligible for enrollment in the course.


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Lifeguard Course Description

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. It also equips participants with skills to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) take over. Course sessions will include lectures, activities, videos and hands on practice, as well as water sessions (to include scenarios and hands on practice),  and two final written exams.


Interested individuals must take a required Pre-Course. Participants must be able to pass the pre-course, consisting of the following:

  • Continuous 300 (not timed) 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).
  • 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.

Course Dates

Sept. 28 5 - 9 p.m.
Sept. 29 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sept. 30 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Participants must attend ALL class sessions for their entirety as well as pass the required written exams and water skills in order to pass the course and obtain the certification


BU 169 and Burdick Pool

Additional Information 

Participants must bring proper attire for both courses (bathing suit, towel, goggles, etc.). In order to obtain the certification, participants must attend each session for the duration of the session. In addition, they must pass all skill sessions and written exams. 


Visit our TU Campus Rec portal for next steps on how to register.

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You may purchase an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual to keep. Manuals will be provided during course sessions. The manual reinforces key points from training lectures, and can be used as a personal reference after the course. Alternately, the guide can be downloaded and printed, for free. Please do not open with Firefox as it may cause computer problems.

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