Aquatic Certifications

The Department of Sports and Recreation is an American Red Cross Authorized Provider for all your training needs! All courses are taught on campus by certified instructors who have gone through state and federal background checks. Participants must be present during all class time and actively engaged to obtain a certification.

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Lifeguard Pre-Requisite Skills

  • Interested in Lifeguarding and taking a Lifeguarding class? Do you want to see if you have what it takes without the commitment of the full class? Attend one of our upcoming Lifeguard Pre-Requisite Skills Practice classes and get coaching. The Lifeguard Pre-Requisite Skills Practice prepares potential Lifeguard candidates to pass the Lifeguard Certification Course pre-requisites consisting of Swim continuously 300 yards using either front crawl or breaststroke. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only legs. Complete a timed event in 1 minute, 40 secs (Goggles are NOT allowed) Starting in water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive 7-10 ft. to retrieve a 10lb object. Return to surface and swim 20 yds. on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface. Class is held by an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard Instructor. Classes are $15 and last 30 minutes and are held at the SRAC indoor pool.

Basic Level Courses

  • The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until Emergency Medical Services take over.

     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 timed 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.
    • Sports & Rec Member
      Community
    • $170
      $205

     

  • The American Red Cross Lifeguard Review blended learning course is designed to help participants update their skills while also extending their certification for another two years. The Red Cross also offers review courses, for those whose certification is still valid (or within 30 days of expiring) while allowing participants to continue to work without a lapse in verification. The blended learning program allows participants to learn at their own pace with online courses and participate in in-person skills sessions. 

    • Sports & Rec Member
      Community
    • $170
      $205

     

  • The American Red Cross Basic Life Saving blended learning course provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to assess, recognize and care for patients who are experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, airway obstruction or opioid overdose. The blended learning program allows participants to learn at your own pace with online courses and participate in in-person skills sessions. 

    • Sports & Rec Member
      Community 
    • $60
      $65

     

Instructor Level Courses

  • The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding Instructor Course is to train instructors to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses including CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED and, First Aid.

    Prerequisites

    • Be at least 17 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
    • Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
    • Successfully complete the online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course prior to the pre-course skills session via the class roster and online content completion status report.
    • Obtain all instructor and participant materials before entering the first session of the instructor course. Materials consist of:
      • American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor’s Manual
      • Lifeguarding course presentation and/or DVD
      • American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual (print or digital)
    • KSU Student Member
      Sports & Rec Member
      Community
    • $180
      $190
      $230

     

  • The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train Instructor Candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions, and how to evaluate participants’ progress.

    Prerequisites:

    • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled class date of the course.
    • Have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Instructor Training course.
    • Demonstrate the ability to perform swimming skills consistent with Level 4 Stroke Performance:Swim 25 yards each of Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke, and 15 yards of Butterfly.
    • Maintain position on the back for 1-minute in deep water
    • Tread water for 1-minute
    • Sports & Rec Member
      Community
    • $185
      $200

     

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