Campus Recreation

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

Campus Recreation offers lifeguard certification and lifeguard instructor certification classes throughout the year. These classes provide the necessary training to receive Red Cross certification.

Lifeguard certification course

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for injured patrons.  Participants must pass a pre-course swim test.  This course certifies successful participants in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, First Aid, Administering Emergency Oxygen, and waterpark lifeguarding.  All classes are held in the FRC Aquatic Center.



Session #
Registration Deadline
Spring 2015
Session 1
April 9  8-10pm 
April 10  4-10pm
April 11  9am-10pm
April 12  9am-10pm
April 6, 2014
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!
Spring 2015
Session 2
April 23  8-10pm
April 24  4-10pm
April 25  9am-10pm
April 26  9am-10pm
April 20, 2014
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!
Summer 2015
Only Summer Session
June 4   8-10pm
June 5   4-10pm
June 6   9am-10pm
June 7   9am-10pm
June 2, 2014
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!


Lifeguard candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Demonstrate strong swimming skills
    • Swim 300 yards continuously
    • Complete a 10-pound object retrieval
      Starting in the water, you must 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 to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute and 40 seconds.
    • Tread water for 2 minutes without using hands

Certification requirements

To be eligible for two-year certification, you must:

  • Attend all class sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Demonstrate competency in the three final skill scenarios
  • Pass the final written exam


The American Red Cross lifeguard certification course costs $175 for members and $195 for non-members.  All participants must be members or MSU affiliates.

Class sizes are limited. Classes are held at the Foster Recreation Center.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course

This course gives currently certified lifeguards the opportunity to review and renew their lifeguard certification in a formal class setting. Participants hold current lifeguard certification and pass a pre-course swim test.

Registration Fee: $125


Review Session #1: 

Friday, April 4; 4pm-10pm

Sunday, April 6; 4pm-10pm

Review Session #2:

Saturday, April 5; 9am-3pm

Friday, April 11, 4pm-10pm

Lifeguard instructor course

This American Red Cross course trains and certifies candidates to teach basic-level lifeguarding and some other American Red Cross Courses.

Classes are offered on an as-needed basis.  Contact Campus Recreation Aquatics @ 417-836-4803 to be placed on the waiting list.