Aquatic Certifications

  Class Name

Class Dates

Cost

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification
January 15 - 31
(Register by January 4) 
Student: $175
Member: $225
Non-Member: $300 
American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Certification
January 7 - 11
(Register by December 21)
Student: $200
Member: $250
Non-Member: $300 
American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification
February 15 - 25
(Register by February 14)
April 1 - 5
(Register by March 29)
May 13 - 17
(Register by May 12)
Student: $125
Member: $200
Non-Member: $250
American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification
March 22 - 24
(Register by March 21)
Student: $75
Member: $100
Non-Member: $150

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Training

Do you enjoy swimming and want to learn how to teach others how to swim and about water safety? 

This class will develop your understanding of swimming and teaching techniques and principles, help you conduct a swim lesson, and teach you how to monitor participants' practice and give positive, corrective feedback. This class is offered in the blended learning format and will require additional, outside of course time, online work that must be completed each night. 

Prerequisites:

  • Successfully complete the online session for the instructor before training 
  • Bring your completion certificate to instructor
  • Successfully complete the American Red Cross prerequisites for a Water Safety Instructor at a level 4 competency or higher: 
    • 25 Yard Freestyle Swim 
    • 25 Yard Backstroke Swim 
    • 25 Yard Breastroke Swim 
    • 25 Yard Elementary Backstroke Swim 
    • 15 Yard Butterfly Swim 
    • Float on back for 1 minute 
    • Tread water for 1 minute 
  • Have a desire to teach
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude
  • Complete blended learning portions of the course by assigned deadlines

To successfully complete the course and receive American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification you must complete the above prerequisites, attend the entire course, participate in class, complete lesson plans, complete 4 practice teaches, and successfully complete the written test.

Class Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 - 10:00 p.m.  

Location: Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center


 American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training

Do you enjoy lifeguarding and want to learn how to teach others to become lifeguards? 

Learn how to teach lifeguard training classes, including CPR/AED/First Aid instruction.

This class will develop your understanding of lifeguarding techniques and principles, help you conduct an engaging course, and teach you how to monitor participants' practice and give positive, corrective feedback.

Prerequisites:

  • Successfully complete the online session for the instructor before training 
  • Bring your completion certificate to instructor trainer on
  • Successfully complete the American Red Cross prerequisites for Lifeguard Training on
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • Successfully complete rescue skill scenarios based on lifeguarding, first aid and CPR & AED on
  • Desire to teach
  • Positive attitude
  • Purchase American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor's Manual and Lifeguard Training Participant's manual before training on

To successfully complete the course and receive American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification you must complete the above prerequisites, attend the entire course, participate in class, complete lesson plans, complete 4 practice teaches, and successfully complete the written test.

Class Times: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center


American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification

This class will teach you the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent aquatic emergencies, increase your critical thinking and decision making skills. At the completion of the course, participants will receive American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid/Oxygen certifications, valid for two years.

For more information, contact Jenna Bordeaux at (804) 827-9999, bordeauxjk@vcu.edu or vculifeguards@gmail.com  

Class Times: February 15 - 25: Fridays, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

April 1 - 5: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.

May 13 - 17: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center


 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification

American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-Certification class is only open to those with current American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED certifications. This class will re-certify participants in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, AED, First Aid and Oxygen for two years.

Class Times: Friday, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center


 For more information, contact Jenna Bordeaux at (804) 827-9999 or bordeauxjk@vcu.edu.

In This Section