Campus Rec offers lifeguarding certification courses during the spring semester of the academic year. Only individuals with OneCard access to Burdick Hall will be eligible for enrollment in the course.


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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. 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.

Pre-Course Dates

Monday, April 23 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Upcoming Courses 

Soon to be announced! 


Note: Participants must have passed Pre-Course test prior to first day of class. 

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 canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, full refunds will be issued.


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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