The purpose of the American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard course is to provide entry-level lifeguard candidates with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide a professional level of care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over

The course includes Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Participants will be required to complete the course prerequisites and the online portion of the course prior to attending the skills sessions. The online component has been designed to instruct participants in the knowledge-based aspects of the Lifeguarding program, as well as to introduce them to the skills they will practice during the instructor-led portion of the training.

Course Prerequisites

Be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session
Demonstrate the following pre-requisite skills:
Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder/steps or goggles.

The pre-requisite skills will be tested at least three days prior to the first day of the class. Upon registration for the course, you will be contacted to set up a pre-requisite screening. Skills must be completed in order to continue with the online and in-person course components. If you are unable to pass the pre-requisites, you will be provided with an 80% refund of the course registration fee. If you have any questions, please email Cynthia at

Course Requirements

Participants must attend and participate in all subsequent sessions (*if applicable) including classroom work and skills practice. To receive the associated certification, participants must satisfactorily demonstrate all Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR skills, and pass the course written exam with at least a score of 80%.


  • May 14 – 16
  • June 4 – 6

Course Fees

  • UA Student $175
  • UREC Member $200
  • Non-Member $225

Course Enrollment Information

  • Enrollment deadline – The deadline to register is one week prior to the course start date.
  • Cancellation/Refunds – You may be eligible to receive a full refund for all course fees paid if you cancel prior to the enrollment deadline or if University Recreation cancels the course. Cancellation requests received after the course enrollment deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Registrants failing to show or who do not meet course prerequisites will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Registration Location –  The University of Alabama Student Recreation Center, Membership Services Office, or our member portal.