Aquatics

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.

This training is open to all FRC members, MSU employees, and dependent children of employees.  Classes not meeting the minimum number of enrollment will be canceled.

Lifeguard Training Schedule

Session #
Dates
Registration Deadline
Session 1
*March 19 8pm-10pm
March 20  4pm-10pm
March 21  9am-10pm
March 22  9am-6pm
March 16, 2015
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!
Session 2
*April 9  8-10pm 
April 10  4-10pm
April 11  9am-10pm
April 12  9am-6pm
April 6, 2015
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!
Session 3
*April 23  8-10pm
April 24  4-10pm
April 25  9am-10pm
April 26  9am-10pm
April 20, 2015
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!
Only Summer Session
June 1   2pm-9pm
June 2   2am-9pm
June 3   2am-9pm
May 28, 2015
Register early.  Class sizes are limited!

For general questions, contact the FRC Welcome Desk at 417-836-5334. Registration fees for this course are non-refundable.

Prerequisites

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

Cost

The American Red Cross lifeguard certification course costs $175 for members and $195 for non-members.  All participants must be FRC members, MSU employees, or dependents of MSU employees.

Class sizes are limited. Classes are held at the Foster Recreation Center with some components at the Hammons Student Center pool.

 

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.

Please note that all participants MUST be currently certified in American Red Cross lifeguarding.  Participants are required to show proof of this training prior to the start of class.

Registration Fee: $125

Lifeguard Review Course Schedule

Session #
Dates
Registration Deadline
Session 1

cancelled

N/A
Session 2

May 1 4pm-10pm

May 2 9am-6pm

April 28, 2015

 

Review Course Prerequisites

Lifeguard candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • All of the same prerequisites as the full lifeguard course; and
  • Hold current certification in American Red Cross lifeguarding

Certification requirements

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

  • Provide proof of current ARC lifeguard certification 
  • 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

Cost

The American Red Cross lifeguard review course costs $125 for members and $145 for non-members.  All participants must be FRC members, MSU employees, or dependents of MSU employees.

Class sizes are limited. Classes are held at the Foster Recreation Center with some components at the Hammons Student Center pool.

 

 

 

 

 

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.