Campus Rec regularly offers lifeguarding certification courses. The 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.

Lifeguarding Registration Full

At this time, our lifeguarding certification courses are full for the remainder of the semester.


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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 on either Monday, April 24 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) or Tuesday, April 25 (5:30-6:30 p.m.). 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.

Upcoming Courses 

APRIL 28-April 30 (registration closes April 21) 

Friday, April 28 (6 - 9 p.m.)

Saturday, April 29 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Sunday, April 30 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Note: Participants must have passed Pre-Course test prior to first day of class. Reminder, Pre-Course dates are either Monday, April 24 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) or Tuesday, April 25 (5:30-6:30 p.m.).

Cost & Registration 

The course cost is $225. Sign-up online using the Campus Rec registration portal

If a participant arrives after the course has started, this will result in the failure of the course, and ineligibility for a refund. If the pre-course is failed, refunds minus the $25 pre-course fee will be granted. Course fees are also non-refundable, if the participant does not attend, does not demonstrate skill competency, or fails the written and water tests. Refunds, minus a $15 processing fee, will be given to registrants if they are unable to attend and request a refund a full 48 hours in advance. To request a refund, e-mail: .

If a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, full refunds will be issued.


You may purchase an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual to keep. Manuals wil 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 Mozilla Firefox as it may cause computer problems.

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