American Red Cross Lifeguarding

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American Red Cross Lifeguarding

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding update will roll out January 2017. UF RecSports Aquatics will be updating our instructors with these new changes through February. Please look for a new course listing in March 2017. We look forward to teaching the new material at that time. 

Description: The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is designed to teach skills and knowledge to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services take over. This class includes, Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED. Candidates MUST pass a prerequisite swimming skill evaluation. Certification is current for 2 years. Course Length: 25 hours; 30 minutes. Participants MUST attend all class dates.

Prerequisite Swimming Skills Evaluation

  • 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both
  • Tread water using legs only for 2 minutes without support or stopping
  • Within 1 minute and 40 seconds, swim 20 yards, surface dive to 7 - 10 feet and retrieve a 10lb brick. Return to surface and swim back to starting point with both hands holding brick and keeping face at the surface. Exit the water without using ladder or steps.

For additional information, contact Diane James at 352-273-2404 or

For information about the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Recertification course, click here.

Course Price: $175
RecSports Employee Discounted Price: $130

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