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.

Register for lifeguard certification courses online through UREC Member Services (Only U of A students and faculty/staff are able to register online), or in person at the UREC Main Office in HPER 225. 

This is a Blended Learning course and will require completion of an online module before date of class. Registration closes one week prior to class date and you will receive online module information via email shortly after registration closes. Only U of A faculty/staff are able to register online. Additionally, participants must be able to fulfill all requirements listed below and will be tested on the first day of the class.

  • 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.

Session I:

Friday, April 5: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 6: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 7: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Session II:

Friday, May 3: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 5: 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

*Attendance at each date per session is required.

$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 Laura Hudson.

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.