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.

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)
    • Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible for immediate employment and Campus Rec and to be reimbursed $200 of the certification cost.

Registration

  1. Go to the Online Reservation Portal and login with your username and password. If you don’t have a username/password, click “Do not have a login?” You will be prompted to enter your Member Number (UIN; can be found on your iCard) and Date of Birth. Email Cody Demas (cdemas@illinois.edu) if you have questions, or call Member Services 217-333-3806 to have them send your credentials or reset your password.
  2.  After you have logged in, select “Program Registration.”
  3. Select “Aquatics.”
  4.   Click “View Programs” under the classes you wish to view.
  5. Once you find your desired class, select to “Add to Cart.”
  1.  A waiver page will appear for you to view before clicking “Continue.”
  2.  If you wish to enroll a child, add your child as “sub member” if applicable. Make sure the appropriate check box is filled in to complete registration for the course.
  3. From here you may “Continue Shopping” to add more classes if you intend to sign up more than one person – otherwise you may select “Continue to Cart” to complete the payment process.
  4. After securing a spot in your desired class, you will receive an email confirmation and information on how we will process payment for your course(s). 

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

  1. Go to the Online Reservation Portal and login with your username and password. If you don’t have a username/password, click “Do not have a login?” You will be prompted to enter your Member Number (UIN; can be found on your iCard) and Date of Birth. Email Cody Demas (cdemas@illinois.edu) if you have questions, or call Member Services 217-333-3806 to have them send your credentials or reset your password.
  2.  After you have logged in, select “Program Registration.”
  3. Select “Aquatics.”
  4.   Click “View Programs” under the classes you wish to view.
  5. Once you find your desired class, select to “Add to Cart.”
  1.  A waiver page will appear for you to view before clicking “Continue.”
  2.  If you wish to enroll a child, add your child as “sub member” if applicable. Make sure the appropriate check box is filled in to complete registration for the course.
  3. From here you may “Continue Shopping” to add more classes if you intend to sign up more than one person – otherwise you may select “Continue to Cart” to complete the payment process.
  4. After securing a spot in your desired class, you will receive an email confirmation and information on how we will process payment for your course(s). 

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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