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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 without payment

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.

Registration Deadline: 2 days before 1st class
 REGISTER HERE
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.

         

Camp Adventure Students ONLY (dates and times tentative)

Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Tuesday (precourse) 1-Nov 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool   Monday (precourse) 30-Jan 6pm-7:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 2-Nov 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool   Wednesday (precourse) 1-Feb 8:30pm-10pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 3-Nov 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Saturday 4-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Friday 4-Nov 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Sunday 5-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 5-Nov 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Saturday 11-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 6-Nov 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Sunday 12-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 7-Nov 5pm-9pm Maple/Pool          
Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 13-Feb 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool   Monday(precourse) 13-Mar 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 15-Feb 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool   Wednesday(precourse) 15-Mar 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 16-Feb 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Thursday 16-Mar 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Friday 17-Feb 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Friday 17-Mar 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 18-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Saturday 18-Mar 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 19-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Sunday 19-Mar 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 20-Feb 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Monday 20-Mar 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
          Tuesday (Waterfront only) 21-Mar 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.

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.

Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 3-Apr 5pm-6:30pm Elm/shallow lap lanes   Tuesday(precourse) 11-Apr 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 5-Apr 6:30pm-8pm Elm/shallow lap lanes   Wednesday(precourse) 12-Apr 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 6-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/ Leisure Pool   Thursday 13-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Friday 7-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/ Leisure Pool   Friday 14-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 8-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/ Leisure Pool   Saturday 15-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 9-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/ Leisure Pool   Sunday 16-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 10-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/ Leisure Pool   Monday 17-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
          Tuesday (Waterfront only) 21-Mar 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool

 

Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Monday(precourse) 8-May 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool    Monday(precourse) 5-Jun 5pm-6:30pm Elm/Pool
Wednesday(precourse) 10-May 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool    Wednesday(precourse) 7-Jun 6:30pm-8pm Elm/Pool
Thursday 11-May 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool    Thursday 8-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Friday 12-May 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool    Friday 9-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 13-May 10am-6pm Elm/Pool    Saturday 10-Jun 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 14-May 10am-6pm Elm/Pool    Sunday 11-Jun 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Monday 15-May 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool    Monday 12-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
 Tuesday 16-May 5pm-9pm  Elm/Pool    Tuesday (Waterfront only) 13-Jun 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
 

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.

Registration Deadline: 2 days before 1st class

REGISTER HERE   

Scheduled Lifeguard Review Courses:

Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Friday 19-Aug 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Friday 16-Sep 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 20-Aug 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Sunday 18-Sep 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Friday 21-Oct 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Friday 18-Nov 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 23-Oct 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Saturday 19-Nov 10am-6pm Elm/Pool

 

Day Date Time Room
Friday 2-Dec 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 3-Dec 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Friday 13-Jan 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Friday 24-Feb 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Saturday 14-Jan 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Sunday 26-Feb 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room   Day Date Time Room
Friday 24-Mar 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool   Friday 21-Apr 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool
Sunday 26-Mar 10am-6pm Elm/Pool   Saturday 22-Apr 10am-6pm Elm/Pool
Day Date Time Room          
Friday 19-May 5pm-9pm Elm/Pool          
Sunday 20-May 10am-6pm Elm/Pool          
                                     

                                                    

                                                        

                                                 

Last Updated: 6/20/16