Lifeguarding | Kent State University


Lifeguarding (142002)

This course teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be certified in Lifeguarding/First Aid, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Oxygen Administration and Preventing Disease Transmission.


  • Continuous 300-yard swim. The test must be done in the following order: 100-yard front crawl, 100-yard breast stroke, 100-yards either front crawl or breaststroke.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 - 10 feet, retrieve 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Class Dates and Times

Class Date Day Time
A1 Sept. 21 - Oct. 28 M, W 6 - 9 p.m.

Fee: Student $190 Member $210, Nonmember $230

If you wish to enroll in a Fall Program, you may either stop by the Pro Shop or call 330-672-0482.

Please note that member information on WebTrac will also no longer be accessible.

Participants must bring proper attire for each class session. Each class will include lecture and activity portions, unless otherwise noted by the instructor.

A swimming pretest will be administered on the first class session. The pretest must be successfully completed in order to continue in the rest of the class.

The pretest consists of:

  • 300 yard continuous swim (any combination of front crawl and/or breaststroke)
  • 2 minutes of leg-only treading
  • Complete a timed event

A full refund will be issued in the event that the pretest is not successfully completed.

Participants must present photo ID at the Welcome Desk for each class session in order to gain access into the facility.

Participation in the course does not guarantee certification. Participants must successfully complete all skills and score an 80% or better on each written test in order to be certified. Certificates will be emailed as a PDF from the American Red Cross within a week of completion of the class.

Class will start promptly at the designated time for each session. It is the instructors discretion to make-up class time missed by a participant.

The SRWC reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment. If a class is cancelled, all participants will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled start of class. When the University cancels classes on the Kent campus due to inclement weather, all programs held within the SRWC are also cancelled. Please call the Aquatics Office at 330-672-0466 for additional information.