The purpose of the American Red Cross Life guarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard candidates with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional level of care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Course includes Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled class date of the course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously, demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may
    be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a time event within 1 minute, 40 seconds: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards on the surface; goggles may NOT be used. Surface dive feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the 10-pound object and keeping the face at or near the surface. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Course Materials:

Text and personal safety equipment provided. Participant must provide his/her own swimwear, towels, and pen and notebook.

Course Dates:

Weekend Classes:

  • March 24-26
  • April 1-2
  • April 7-9,
  • April 15-16

Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Weekday Classes

  • May 8-11
  • May 15-18

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Course Fees:

  • UA Student $225
  • UREC Member $250
  • Non-Member $275