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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

Blended Learning Certification Course

We are excited to offer you the American Red Cross Lifeguard Blended Learning Certification Course. Blended learning combines online learning with on-site skills sessions where you will practice skills and demonstrate competency.
The course provides entry level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies and provide care until emergency medical services arrive and take over. You must pass a pretest and be at least 15 years old to take the course.

▼   Online Portion
Once you register for the lifeguard certification course,(registration link at bottom of page), you will be sent a link to start the online portion of the exam (please allow 48 hours for the link to be sent). You will pay for the online portion with a credit card, this payment goes directly to the American Red Cross. The online portion takes approximately 7.5 hours. All online sessions must be completed before the first in-person skills session. You must print your completion certificate and bring it to the first In-Person Skills Session. Once you register, this portion can not be reimbursed but may be transferred to another session.
▼   In-Personal Skill Session

The in-person skills session will be lead by a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. You will practice the lifeguard, CPRO, and first aid skills you learned during the online portion of the certification. The in-person skills sessions are taught at the Student Recreation Center Outdoor Pool and in the SRC Meeting room. The Student Recreation Center is located at 51 Stadium Blvd, Mobile Alabama 36688. You will enter through the first floor lobby and will then be directed on where to go. You must attend all the dates in the skill’s session. No exceptions or make-up classes are allowed.

 

▼   Pre-Course skills

Everyone must pass the following Pre-Course skills session which will be held during the first In-Person Skills Session.

 1. 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. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to 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 water without using a ladder or steps.

▼   Cost:

 

$100.00 USA Students/SRC members

The cost breakdown is: 

$29.75     This amount is paid directly to the American Red Cross with a credit or debit card when you register for the online portion of the exam

$70.25    This amount is paid directly to the Campus Recreation Aquatic’s department with a credit or debit card for the In-person skills session.   We no longer accept cash or check payments. 

$150.00 non-members

$29.75     This amount is paid directly to the American Red Cross with a credit or debit card when you register for the online portion of the exam.

$120.25    This amount is paid directly to the Campus Recreation Aquatic’s department with a credit or debit card for the In-person skills session.   We no longer accept cash or check payments. 

▼   In-Person Skills Session Dates

 

Skill Sessions are held on Fridays and Sundays. Each session consists of 4 classes that meet 4:30-9:30 PM. You must attend all classes in the session you register for.

Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 Dates

Guard Certification Session 1
March 24th, 26th, 31st, and April 2nd (Course Full, registration closed)

Guard Certification Session 2
April 21st, 23rd, 28th, and April 30th. (Course Full, registration closed)

Guard Certification Session 3
June 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 11th. (course full, registration closed)

Guard Certification Session 4
September 8th, 10th, 15th, and 17th.

Please note that these classes fill up quickly so prepare to register in March if you would like to take the course.

▼   Registration

Registration for the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses will begin March 1, 2017.

Register Now

▼   Skills Session Payment

Thank you for registering for our American Red Cross Certification Course.

Payment for Lifeguard, Lifeguard Recertification, and WSI Course Sessions is due within 24 hours of receiving your online blended learning instruction email.  This will secure your position in the skills session you requested.  Your registration is not complete until this payment is made. No refunds will be given by we can transfer you to another session if this option is available. 

All payments are online; no cash or checks accepted.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

The Campus Recreation Aquatic’s Department is proud to offer The American Red Cross Lifeguard Review/Re-Certification Course in a Blended Learning Format. This recertification option is for lifeguards who are currently certified. The course incorporates a blended learning format with online training sessions, classroom skills and water rescue activities. Review skills include water rescues, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and first aid.

▼   Red Cross Recertification Policy
Effective April 9, 2014 the Red Cross allows currently certified Lifeguards and those who have expired by no more than 30 days to recertify. If your certification has expired by more than 30 days you must take the full course. The Red Cross is no longer allowing Lifeguards to challenge the course.
▼   Lifeguard Recertification Prerequisites

Lifeguard Recertification participants must provide proof of valid Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications and pass the pre-course: swim 300 yards (12 lengths of a 25 yard pool) without stopping using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for 2 minutes using legs only, and retrieve a 10-lb brick from 7 feet deep and swim 20 yards with the weight, within 1 minute 40 seconds.

▼   Cost

 

The cost breakdown is:

USA Students/SRC Members: $50

$22.95     This amount is paid directly to the American Red Cross with a credit or debit card when you register for the online portion of the exam.

$27.05    This amount is paid directly to the Campus Recreation Aquatic’s department with a credit or debit card for the In-person skills session.   We no longer accept cash or check payments. 

$75.00 Community

$22.95     This amount is paid directly to the American Red Cross with a credit or debit card when you register for the online portion of the exam.

$52.05   This amount is paid directly to the Campus Recreation Aquatic’s department with a credit or debit card for the In-person skills session.   We no longer accept cash or check payments. 

▼   Skills Session Information and Date

The in-person skills session will be lead by a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.  You will practice the lifeguard, CPRO, and first aid skills you learned during the online portion of the certification.  The in-person skills session is taught at the Student Recreation Center Outdoor Pool and in the SRC Meeting room.  The Student Recreation Center is located at 51 Stadium Blvd, Mobile Alabama 36688.  You will enter through the first floor lobby and will then be directed on where to go.  You only have to attend one In-Person skills session for the Lifeguard Review/Recertification Course.  We offer two classes during Fall Semester.

In-Person Skills Session Dates and Times

Sunday, March 5           8:00 AM-6:30 PM    Session Completed

Saturday, April 22         8:00 AM-6:30 PM     Session Full

Saturday, May 20th       8:00 AM-6:30 PM     (Session added)

Sunday, September 3    8:00 AM-6:30 PM 

▼   Registration

 

Please register below if you would like to attend the American Red Cross Lifeguard Review/Re-Certification Course. After you register, you will receive a link within 48 hours (weekday registration) to begin the online portion of the exam and to pay for your in-person skills session. Your registration will not be complete until you have registered online with the American Red Cross and paid for your in-person skills session. If you have any questions please email Daphne Tyson, daphnetyson@southalabama.edu.

 

Register Now

 

▼   Skills Session Payment

Thank you for registering for our American Red Cross Certification Course.

Payment for Lifeguard, Lifeguard Recertification, and WSI Course Sessions is due within 24 hours of receiving your online blended learning instruction email.  This will secure your position in the skills session you requested.  Your registration is not complete until this payment is made. No refunds will be given by we can transfer you to another session if this option is available. 

All payments are online; no cash or checks accepted.

 

 
 
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