The Aquatics Department offers students, faculty and staff, and the community the opportunity to enroll in certification classes. The classes are held at the Leach Center and are taught by certified American Red Cross instructors.

Certification Courses

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program provides participants the skills, knowledge, and certifications needed to work as a professional lifeguard.

Prerequisites demonstrated on 1st day of course include:

  • 15 years of age
  • 300 yard swim using freestyle or breastroke (not timed, but must be continuos).
    • Goggles are allowed.
  • Ability to recover a 10-pound brick from a depth of 12 feet and swim 20 yards with the brick held in both hands while keeping your face above water. Participants must exit the pool without using stairs or a ladder in 1:40. Time stops when the participant has exited and is standing on the pool deck.
    • Goggles are not allowed during this skill.
  • 2 minute tread with hands in armpits

Upcoming Lifeguard Certification Courses

Day(s) of the WeekDates TimeLocation
ThursdaysSeptember 12 - October 10Sept 12 | 5pm - 10pmLeach Center Pool; Leach Center Wet Classroom
Sept 19 | 5pm - 10pm
Sept 26 | 5pm - 10pm
Oct 3 | 5pm - 10pm
Oct 10 | 5pm - 10pm
Thursday - SundayOctober 17 - 20Oct 17 | 5pm - 10pmLeach Center Pool; Leach Center Wet Classroom
Oct 18 | 5pm - 9pm
Oct 19 | 10am - 6pm
Oct 20 | 10am - 6pm


*Participants must go to all sessions (either ALL Sept 12 – Oct 10 dates, or alternatively ALL Oct 17 – 20 dates) to become certified.

Recertification Courses

Open only to currently certified American Red Cross Lifeguards with an approaching expiration date.

Lifeguards will be asked to perform the above mentioned Lifeguarding Prerequisites and will practice all skills learned in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Program. The written test is the same as the original course.

Due to the 2017 Lifeguard update with the American Red Cross, we will not be offering a recertification course for the 2012 American Red Cross curriculum at this time.