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.

Registration forms for these courses are posted below and available at our Member Services desk at the ARC. If you have questions about the courses, please contact Cody Demas (cdemas@illinois.edu).

Lifeguard Certification Course

Prerequisites

  • 17 years of age or older.
  • Can swim 300 yards continuously.
  • Starting in the water, can swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute 40 seconds.
  • Is able to tread water for two minutes using only your legs.

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

Training

  • Dates: April 22-25
  • Online coursework must be completed before the start of on-site classes. Information will be communicated via email.
  • Cost: $275 (includes all materials and certification fees)

Registration

Fill out the Registration PDF and return the form to:

ARC Member Services
201 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

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

Registration (pdf)

Lifeguard Instructor Course

Prerequisites

  • 17 years of age or older.
  • Hold a current Lifeguard / First Aid / CPR & AED for the Professional Rescuer certificate from the American Red Cross or an equivalent certification from another organization.

Training

  • Dates: April 16-18
  • Online coursework must be completed before the start of on-site classes. Information will be communicated via email.
  • Cost: $275 (includes all materials and certification fees)

Registration

Fill out the Registration PDF and return the form to:

ARC Member Services
201 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

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

Registration (pdf)

Water Safety Instructor Training

Water Safety Instructor Training is not being offered in the Spring 2021 semester.

Prerequisites

  • 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.

Training

  • Cost: $300 (includes all materials and certification fees)
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