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 and Re-Certification Courses

Certification classes are open to all FSU Students/Faculty/Staff.  Come get certified to be an American Red Cross Lifeguard!

Recertification classes are 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.

FormatDateTimeEventLocation
In-PersonMay 159am -12pm & 1pm – 7pmARC Lifeguard Recertification CourseLeach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
In-PersonMay 169am -12pm & 1pm -6pmARC Lifeguard Instructor/Trainer Recertification Skill SessionLeach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and In-PersonMay 215p-9pARC Blended Lifeguard Certification Course Day 1Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and In-PersonMay 229a-12p & 1p-6p ARC Blended Lifeguard Certification Course Day 2Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and In-PersonMay 239am-12pm &1p-6pARC Blended Lifeguard Certification Course Day 3Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and in-personMay 243:30pm – 9pmARC Blended Water Safety Instructor (Swim Lesson Instructor) Day 1Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and in-personMay 253:30pm – 9pmARC Blended Water Safety Instructor (Swim Lesson Instructor) Day 2Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and in-personMay 263:30pm – 9pmARC Blended Water Safety Instructor (Swim Lesson Instructor) Day 3Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and in-personMay 273:30pm – 9pmARC Blended Water Safety Instructor (Swim Lesson Instructor) Day 4Leach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
In-Person/OnlineJune 182pm-5pmAdult & Pediatric: CPR/FA/AED/BBPLeach Recreation Center – Wet Classroom
In-PersonJune 199am -12pm & 1pm -6pmARC Lifeguard Instructor/Trainer Recertification Skill SessionLeach Recreation Center - Pool and Wet Classroom
Online and In-PersonJune 152pm - 4:30pmAmerican Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) Blended Learning courseLeach Recreation Center - Wet Classroom