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American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications

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.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses are offered during Spring/Summer semesters each year.  

▼   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 skills 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.

▼   In-Person Skills Session Dates

For a schedule of course offerings, please visit the Campus Recreation Portal. 

For more information or to schedule a class, please call Stephen Fick at (251) 460-6460 or email sfick@southalabama.edu.

▼   Registration and Cost

All registrations and payment are made online.  We do not accept in-person registration or cash/checks.

To register for a lifeguarding course, please visit the Campus Recreation Portal. 

Portal Instructions

If you are a member, you must read portal instructions. Do not create a new account.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

The Campus Recreation aquatics program 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.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses are offered during Spring/Summer semesters each year.  

▼   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.

▼   Skills sessions information and dates

For a schedule of course offerings, please visit the Campus Recreation Portal. 

For more information or to schedule a class, please call Stephen Fick at (251) 460-6460 or email sfick@southalabama.edu.

▼   Registration Information and Cost

All registrations and payment are made online.  We do not accept in-person registration or cash/checks.

To register for a re-certification course, please visit the Campus Recreation Portal. 

Portal Instructions

If you are a member, you must read portal instructions. Do not create a new account.

Water Safety Instructor

The Water Safety Instructor course certifies swimming instructors to teach Red Cross swimming, diving and water safety programs.

▼   Class Prerequisites
  • Minimum age of 16 years old.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in six strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly (25 yards per stroke.)
  • Tread water for 1 minute.
▼   Certification Requirements
  • Attend all class sessions; demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities; correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam.
  • Online Time:  7 hours
  • Facility Time:  24 hours
▼   Dates and Times

For more information or to schedule a class, please call Stephen Fick at (251) 460-6460 or email sfick@southalabama.edu.

 

▼   Certificates Issued

Upon successful course completion, Water Safety Instructor candidates will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification valid for 2 years.

▼   Cost

$175 per person for USA students
$200 per person for the community.

▼   Registration

We must have a minimum of 6 participants registered to hold the course.  

All links and payment information will be sent if the course meets this requirement.

 

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