Course Information

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 Schedule

All classes take place over three consecutive days and require roughly seven hours of online training before attending the first day of class.

  • Day 1: 4 – 9 p.m.
  • Day 2: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (one hour lunch break)
  • Day 3: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (one hour lunch break)

Course Prerequisites

Participants must be at least 16 years of age before the last scheduled class session. The following prerequisite swim assessment must be completed at the Aquatic Center under the supervision of a UREC Lifeguard Instructor, no later than two business days before the start of the first day of class.

  • Swim – tread – swim sequence
    • Swim 150 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing using a combination of the freestyle and breaststroke.
    • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs.
    • Swim an additional 50 yards.
  • Timed brick retrieval
    • Start in the water and swim 20 yards to retrieve a 10lb brick (deep water 7-10 feet OR shallow water (5 feet). Once the brick has been retrieved, return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at the surface. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

All participants must access and complete the online component before the first day of class. There are no exceptions and no refunds due to failure to complete pre-requisites.

Course Requirements

  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.
  • Complete all (online) eLearning units prior to in-person sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid, Lifeguarding final written exams with at least a score of 80%.


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Course Length

  • (Online) e-learning time: approximately 7 hours
  • In-person time: approximately 21 hours

Course Fees

  • UA Student $200
  • UREC Member $200
  • Non-Member $250

Course Enrollment Information

  • Enrollment deadline – The deadline to register is one week prior to the course start date.
  • Cancellation/Refunds – Your registration holds your spot in the class.  We request notice of cancellation in writing at least three business days prior to the session start date. Cancellation requests received after the session start date may not be granted. Refunds are not issued if the prerequisite assessment is not successful, if a student fails to show up for the course or if the student is unable to continue with the course. You will be eligible to receive a full refund for all course fees if University Recreation cancels the course.
  • Registration – Register online through the member portal, or register in-person at The University of Alabama Student Recreation Center, Membership Services Office.

Please note that if we must cancel a class for weather or facility issues, we will do our best to contact you as soon as possible using the contact information you provide through registration and either reschedule or offer a refund.