American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses

Become lifeguard certified and receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid training. You can then become a lifeguard at the Campus Recreation pools or a local swimming facility. We also offer opportunities for currently certified lifeguards to further develop aquatic skill sets and become Lifeguard Instructors. For those involved or interested in becoming a part of a learn-to-swim program, we occasionally offer Water Safety Instruction courses as well. We are currently offering the following courses this spring.

Registration forms are posted below and available at our Member Services desk. If you have any prospective interest or questions about the courses, please contact Cody Demas.


Return the form to:

ARC member services
201 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

You may also fax the form to (217) 244-3319.

Water Safety Instructor Training

Dates and Times:
May 30 – June 2
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Lunch breaks will be provided each day

$300 (includes all materials and certification fees)

Registration Form (pdf)


Please check that you meet the minimum requirements.

  • At least 16 years old.
  • Swim 25 yards of each of the following strokes: frontcrawl, backcrawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke.
  • Swim 15 yards using the butterfly stroke.
  • Float for one (1) minute on back in deep water.
  • Tread water for one (1) minute.

If you are unable to complete the prerequisites, your fees will be refunded minus a $5 processing fee and a $25 testing fee.