Lifeguards guarding the pool at the Aquatic Center

Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Training

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Lifeguard or Swim Instructor, UWF's Aquatic Center offers official courses to help you earn these certifications.


Students in lifeguard training
Lifeguards in-training

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies as well as provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Participants must reach their 15th birthday before the date of the last class for the session in which they are enrolled and absolutely NO classes may be missed. Classes run on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays.

Lifeguard Training Schedule 2019
Training SessionDatesTime
Session 1 Jan. 26-27, Feb. 2 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session 2 March 2-3, 9 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session 3 March 16-17, 23 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session 4 April 13-14, 20 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session 5 May 11-12, 18 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session 6  June 8-9, 15  8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Total Course Length: 28 hours
Course fee: $220

Register for American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Training Manual

Prerequisites

Lifeguard candidates must be able to complete the following prerequisite skills on the day of the first class meeting. Only $50 will be refunded if, for any reason, candidates are unable to complete the course within the scheduled time frame.

300-yard Swim

Prospective participants must perform a 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed.

Tread Water

Prospective participants must tread water for two (2) minutes without support and without stopping while their head remains above the surface of the water. When treading, only the legs can be used. Candidates will be required to place their hands under their armpits.

Timed Event

Prospective participants must perform the following skills within 1 minute and 40 seconds:

  • Start in the water;
  • Swim 20 yards;
  • Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object;
  • Return to the surface;
  • Swim 20 yards to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath;
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.



Starfish Swim Instructor Training

The Starfish Swim Instructor Training is an eight (8)-day course. Participants must complete all eight sessions of the course in order to be certified as a swim instructor.

Course fee: $230
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 3-6 and 10-13, 2019

Register for Starfish Swim Instructor Class

Prerequisites

  • The minimum age for participation is 16. However, if the instructor/trainer has personal knowledge of the candidate's maturity level, interested participants who are 15 may be considered.
  • The candidate must pass a water skills screening to show proficiency at the level of his/her certification.
  • The candidate must complete the required worksheets in the Starfish Swim Instructor workbook.

Requirements For Successful Completion

Participants must attend all scheduled classes and times, demonstrate proficient land and water skills, and pass a written exam with a score of at least 80 percent in order to receive the swim instructor certification.


Prepayment and Refund Policy

Payment is due at registration. We accept cash, check, and credit cards. Refund, cancellation, or withdrawal requests received seven (7) days or more in advance of the session start date will be honored in full, minus a $10 administration fee and any deposits or registration fees that are required. Refund, cancellation, or withdrawal requests received within the 7-day period but prior to the session start date will receive a 50% refund of the class fee, minus a $10 administration fee and any deposits or registration fees that are required.

No REFUNDS will be issued after the first class date.