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Lifeguard and WSI Certifications

All courses are American Red Cross courses offered in a blended learning format, which combines online learning with in-person sessions to practice skills and demonstrate competency. In-person sessions are held at the USA Student Recreation Center at 51 Jaguar Blvd, Mobile, AL. The building is #12 on the campus map.

Upon successful completion, all certifications are good for two years.

Contact Stephen Fick, Aquatics Coordinator, at 251-460-6460 or sfick@southalabama.edu for more information or to schedule a course.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Course

This 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-person skills session - Lifeguard Certification

The in-person skills session will be led by a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. You will practice the lifeguard, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and first aid skills you learned during the online portion of the certification.  You must attend all the dates in the skills session. No exceptions or make-up classes are allowed.

▼   Course prerequisites - Lifeguard Certification

Everyone must pass the following pre-course skills which will be held during the first in-person skill session:

  • 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 two (2) minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • 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.
▼   Registration, dates, and cost - Lifeguard Certification

Visit our Campus Recreation Portal for all information, in-person skill dates, current prices, and registration. Courses are open to the general public.

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

American Red Cross Lifeguard Recertification

This recertification option is for lifeguards who are currently certified or expired by no more than 30 days.

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

▼   American Red Cross recertification policy
The American 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.
▼   In-person skills session - Recertification
The in-person skill session will be led by a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. You will practice the lifeguard, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and first aid skills you learned during the online portion of the certification.  You must attend all the dates in the skill session. No exceptions or make-up classes are allowed.
▼   Course prerequisites - Recertification

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 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 two (2) minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • 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.
▼   Registration, dates, and cost - Recertification

Visit our Campus Recreation Portal for all information, in-person skill dates, current prices, and registration. Courses are open to the general public.

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

Water Safety Instructor

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

▼   In-person skills session - Instructor

The in-person skill session will be led by a certified American Red Cross WSI Instructor. You must attend all the dates in the skill session. No exceptions or make-up classes are allowed.

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
▼   Course prerequisites - Instructor
  • 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.
▼   Registration, dates, and cost - Instructor

Visit our Campus Recreation Portal for all information, in-person skill dates, current prices, and registration. Courses are open to the general public.

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

Campus Recreation Portal