Lifeguard Certification Course: January 31, February 1 & 2
This course prepares candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquatic emergencies and prevent drowning and other incidents. After successful completion of the course, participants will receive the following certifications: Lifeguard Training (2 years), First Aid (2 years), Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for The Professional Rescuer (2 years) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (2 years). To reserve a spot in the course, please email Susanna Leonard, Assistant Director of Aquatic Programs, by clicking here .
Dates and Times
• Friday, January 31 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 1 - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Sunday, February 2 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Things to Know
• You must wear a swim suit in class.
• A one piece suit or thick strapped athletic two piece for females is required.
• Goggles are highly recommended for the prerequisite swimming test. Goggles are not allowed during the brick dive on the first day or after the first class day, if you wear contacts please plan accordingly.
• A meal will be provided on days we have class scheduled for four hours, if more than six hours we will provide two meals that day. Snacks are allowed and recommended.
• Lifeguarding candidates must attend every session at the times listed by the facility. Failure to attend the entire class will result in a failing grade and no refund. Attendance in the course does not guarantee Lifeguard certification; candidates must pass written and practical exams.
• Do not be late. Part of being a professional American Red Cross Lifeguard is being on time. Being late could result in termination from the class and forfeiture of fees.
• The Rice Recreation Center is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. We suggest leaving valuables (cell phone, wallet, etc.) at home or renting a day use locker to secure items.
• All cell phones must be put away and turned off or set to silent during class.
• To view and download the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual click here.
Rice Student- $150. This fee may be WAIVED if all the requirements below are met. Fees include instruction, certification, facilities and materials.
• Passing the Lifeguard course and earning a Lifeguard certification does not guarantee employment. Students must attend a scheduled hiring session with the Aquatics Director. If the student does not attend a hiring session, the student will owe the full course fee of $150.
• Students must commit and work a minimum of 2 semesters for the Rice Recreational Aquatic Center. If the student resigns from guarding or is terminated before 2 semesters have been completed, the student will owe the full course fee of $150.
• Your spot in the class may be forfeited if you are more than 10 minutes late to the first day of class.
Prerequisite Swimming Skills Evaluation (During First Class)
Participants must be at least 15 years of age by the last day of class. Those under 18 must provide ID.
The first class day will consist of the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation. Satisfactory completion of the skills must be achieved in order to take the course and become certified. If not satisfactorily completed, the participant will not be able to continue in the course.
The prerequisite swimming skills evaluation consists of:
• A 300 yard continuous swim (not timed): front crawl and breaststroke.
• A 2 minute tread, without the use of arms or hands.
• Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 ft, retrieve a 10-pound brick, return to the surface and swim back 20 yards to the starting point. Goggles cannot be worn. Must be completed within 1 minute and 40 seconds.