Office of Recreational Services

Lifeguard

If you’re 15 or older and looking for a great summer job or challenging career that’s in demand, the Red Cross Lifeguarding program is the place to start. Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn patron rescue and surveillance skills, first aid and CPR/AED. Courses are available with a focus on a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, waterparks and shallow water attractions.

Class Information
- Two-Year Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification; Waterfront certification available 
- Lifeguarding Manual and resuscitation mask will be provided to borrow, but must be returned at the end of the class

Prerequisites/Requirements
- Must successfully pass a Pre-Course Session (see below)
Participants must be at least 15 years old
one piece bathing suit must be brought to the first class, and every class thereafter
- Must attend and fully participate in the entire class
- Must pass all skill checks and receive an 80% or higher on written exam
- We do not reserve spots or make waiting lists for classes that are full

Class Length
- Training is approximately 32 hours

Cost
$175 for UT Students, REC Members, and Camp Adventure students
$180 for Non-Members
- The cost includes the pre-course session
NOTE: Participants who fail a certification class will not receive a credit or a refund.

Lifeguard Pre-Course Session
This pre-course is prerequisite for the Lifeguard course and is offered at no additional cost. The pre-course must be completed BEFORE the participant starts the Lifeguard class. Participants will be given two attempts at pre-course skills during any one session; those who fail the pre-course session may continue to re-enroll in the future pre-course sessions without any additional costs. When participants re-enroll in a future pre-course class, they must first notify the Office of Recreational Services. No walk-ins are allowed. Participants must bring a swimsuit, towel, and padlock for the locker room.
Skills checked for Standard Lifeguarding 

300 yd. Swim: 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.
2 Minute Tread: Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Brick Test: Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 8 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 object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Swim goggles are not allowed.

Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) February 1 6 - 7:30 p.m. Elm/Pool
Wednesday (precourse) February 3 8:30 - 10 p.m. Elm/Pool
Saturday February 6 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Elm/Pool
Sunday February 7 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Elm/Pool
Saturday February 13 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Elm/Pool
Sunday February 14 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Elm/Pool
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Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 15-Feb 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 17-Feb 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 18-Feb 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Friday 19-Feb 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 20-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 21-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 22-Feb 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 14-Mar 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 16-Mar 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 17-Mar 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Friday 18-Mar 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 19-Mar 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 20-Mar 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 21-Mar 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Tuesday 22-Mar 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 11-Apr 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 13-Apr 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 14-Apr 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Friday 15-Apr 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 16-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 17-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 18-Apr 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Tuesday 19-Apr 5pm-9:30pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 9-May 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 11-May 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 12-May 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Friday 13-May 5pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 14-May 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 15-May 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 16-May 5pm-9pm Maple/Pool
Tuesday 17-May 5pm-9pm Maple/Pool
Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 6-Jun 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 8-Jun 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 9-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Friday 10-Jun 5pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 11-Jun 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 12-Jun 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 13-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Tuesday 14-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool

 

Skills checked for Shallow Water Lifeguarding

100 yd Swim: Swim 100 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 are allowed.
2 Minute Tread: Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Brick Test: Complete a timed event within 50 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke. Submerge to a depth of 4 to 5 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Swim goggles are not allowed.

Monday (precourse)

4-Apr

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday (precourse)

6-Apr

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Thursday

7-Apr

5 - 9 p.m.

Friday

8-Apr

5 - 9 p.m.

Saturday

9-Apr

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday

10-Apr

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday

11-Apr

5 - 9 p.m.

Skills checked for Waterfront Lifeguarding Module

550 yd Swim: Swim 550 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 are allowed.     
2 Minute Tread: Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Brick Test: Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 8 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 object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Swim goggles are not allowed.
Dive Rings: Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

Lifeguard Review

The purpose of a Lifeguard Review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant's ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations.

The Lifeguard Review course can be taken by anyone wit ha current and valid Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification who wants to renew their certificates.

Class Information 
-       Two-year Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED Certification will be awarded upon successful completion of the course
-       Book and resuscitation mask will be provided to borrow, but must be returned at the end of the class
-       Must attend and fully participate in entire class
-       Must pass all skill checks and receive an 80% or higher on written exams

Prerequisites/Requirements
-       Participants must have current certifications in Lifeguard/Waterfront/Shallow Water, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, and First Aid.
-       Participants must be able to perform appropriate skill checks for Lifeguarding/Waterfront/Shallow Water

Class Length 
-       Training is approximately 12 hours (Two Day Sessions)

Cost 
$90 for UT Students, REC Members, and Camp Adventure students
$100 for Non-Members
NOTE: Participants who fail a certification class will not receive a credit or a refund.

Scheduled Lifeguard Review Courses:

Day Date Time Room
Friday 15-Jan 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 16-Jan 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Friday 12-Feb 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 13-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Friday 25-Mar 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 26-Mar 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Friday 22-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 23-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Friday 20-May 4pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 21-May 10am-6pm Elm/Pool

                                              

                                                      

                                                        

                                                 

Last Updated: 1/25/16