Lifeguard Certification

American Red Cross certified student lifeguards


University Recreation offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification courses.  Registration is open to members of the general public.  To register, visit the UREC Main Office in HPER 225, or register online at UREC Member Services (Only U of A students and faculty/staff are able to register online). 

 

  • 15 years old on or before the final scheduled class date.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or combination, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs (candidates should place their hands under the arms).
  • Complete the following timed sequence within 1 minute and 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards (face may be in or out of the water, swim goggles are not allowed). Surface dive (feet-first or head-first) to a depth of seven to ten feet and retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface. Candidates may not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. 

Participants must be able to attend all class dates/times within their session.  

Session 1:  April 6 - April 9
Thursday, April 6; 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7; 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8; 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9; 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Session 2:  May 4 - May 7
Thursday, May 4; 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 5; 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6; 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 7; 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

** If an insufficient number of participants are registered by this date, the class will not be held.  

$250.00 for U of A students; $300.00 for non-students

Cancellation Fee: $25.00 until two weeks prior to the first class session; 50% of class cost until one week prior to class; 100% of class fee within one week of class

 

For more information about the Lifeguard certification courses conducted through University Recreation, contact Kyle Shunkey

For more information about the American Red Cross Lifeguard curriculum or to search other classes offered in the area, visit the American Red Cross Training & Certification page.