American Red Cross: Lifeguarding Certification

Mar 25, 2022

07:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

309 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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American Red Cross Certification Classes ID: lifeguard sitting in high chair

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding course, the participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, which is valid for two years. 


  • Must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session
  • Must demonstrate the following skills:
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs starting in the water
  • 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 back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps. 

If participants apply to work for Recreational Services within two weeks of completion of the course and maintain employment through one full semester (depending on start date), $100.00 of the course fee will be refunded back to the participant. If high school students apply within two weeks of completion of the course and work the following university academic breaks: Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break, $100.00 of the course fee will be refunded back to the participant. For questions regarding this incentive, please contact Emily Downes.

Course information:


  • Friday, March 25 | 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 26 | 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 27 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Capacity: 10

Instructor: TBD

Fee: $190.00


Registration closes the Wednesday prior to the first day of class at 5:00 p.m.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at