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

Online coursework must be completed before the start of on-site classes. Information will be communicated via email.

Dates

  • October 22: Pre-course testing from 5-7pm in the ARC Indoor Pool
    • Will complete pre-requisites mentioned above
  • October 23 – November 4: grace period to allow completion of online course content
    • approximately 7 hours and must be completed prior to first class
  • November 5: 4-9pm in the wet classroom and pool
  • November 6: 12-8pm in the wet classroom and pool
  • November 7: 1-8pm in the wet classroom and pool

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. Login to the Active Illini web portal
  2. Add members of your family to your profile. Click your profile picture/email address upon login and select “profile.” Scroll to bottom of the page and add children/spouse to your family account.
  3. Click the button on the top left corner of the screen to expand the menu
  4. Click on “Aquatics” and then “Aquatics Programs”
  5. Select the course that you are interested in registering for
  6. Click the “Register” button for the instance of the course you want to join
  7. Follow the prompts until you are registered
Register in Active Illini

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: November 12, 5-9pm | November 13, 9am-6pm | November 14, 9am-6pm
  • 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. Login to the Active Illini web portal
  2. Add members of your family to your profile. Click your profile picture/email address upon login and select “profile.” Scroll to bottom of the page and add children/spouse to your family account.
  3. Click the button on the top left corner of the screen to expand the menu
  4. Click on “Aquatics” and then “Aquatics Programs”
  5. Select the course that you are interested in registering for
  6. Click the “Register” button for the instance of the course you want to join
  7. Follow the prompts until you are registered
Register in Active Illini

Water Safety Instructor Training

We have no plans to offer Water Safety Instructor training at this time.

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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