The purpose of the Shallow Water Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level shallow water lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5-feet deep and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.
Prerequisites Candidates must:
1. Be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
2. Swim 100 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. Tread water for 2 minutes, using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
3. Complete a timed event within 50 seconds:
Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke. Your face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
Submerge to a depth of 4 to 5 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object at the surface of the water.
Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
Meet the age requirement.
Demonstrate proficiency in all of the prerequisite skills.
Describe the characteristics and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
Explain how to fulfill the responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.
Define certain legal considerations and apply them to situations that might be encountered in lifeguarding.
Describe ongoing training for lifeguards.
Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.
Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios. Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
Pass the final skills scenarios.
Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80%. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80% on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the learner has passed the practical assessment.
Certificate Issued and Validity Period:
The American Red Cross certificate for Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED is 2 years.
Friday: 4 pm - 10 pm | Saturday: 8 am - 8 pm | Sunday: 8 am - 6 pm | WRC 150
*Students must attend all three days to receive certification*
UNI Faculty, Staff, Student, Alumni
Non UNI Student/Community
Refunds will be provided for class cancelations made by Recreation Services. Participant cancelations will be handled on a case by case basis and will involve an administrative fee.