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
Thursday - SundayFebruary 6 - 9Feb 6 | 5pm - 10pmLeach Center Pool; Leach Center Wet Classroom
Feb 7 | 5pm - 9pm
Feb 8 | 10am - 6pm
Feb 9 | 10am - 6pm
Thursday - SundayApril 16 - 19April 16 | 5pm - 10pmLeach Center Pool; Leach Center Wet Classroom
April 17 | 5pm - 9pm
April 18 | 10am - 6pm
April 19 | 10am - 6pm
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*Participants must go to all sessions (either ALL February dates, or alternatively ALL April 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.

Saturday, March 2810am - 6pmLeach Center Pool; Leach Wet Classroom
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