American Red Cross Courses
In conjunction with the American Red Cross, USF Campus Recreation offers several certification courses throughout the year. All of our courses are available to the public and are held at the main Campus Recreation Center indoor pool. Please see below for available courses and dates. All visitors must obtain a parking pass.
The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard course is to teach you the skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. This includes land and water rescue skills, as well as first aid and CPR. As a professional rescuer with a legal responsibility to act in an emergency, you must be self-disciplined and confident in your knowledge and skills. You need to have solid public relations, customer service and conflict resolution skills. In addition, you must be willing to be a leader and a good team member. Being a lifeguard requires maturity, professionalism and competence in specialized rescue techniques.
- Minimum age of 15 years
- Swim 300 yards continuously using either front-crawl and/or breaststroke
- Tread water for two minutes using only legs
- Complete the following timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
- Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
- Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 12 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
- Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point
- Exit the water without using a ladder or steps
Spring 2019 Course Dates:
- January 26 & 27
- February 9 & 10
- March 23 & 24
- April 6 & 7
To train instructor candidates to teach Lifeguard Training (including First Aid), CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Management, AED Essentials, Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer, Preventing Disease Transmission, Community Water Safety and Basic Water Rescue. The training prepares instructor candidates by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials and methods, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress.
Spring 2019 Course Date: February 1st - 3rd
Water Safety Instructor
This course trains instructor candidates to teach all of the courses presented in the Swimming and Water Safety program to all age groups; all of the courses listed above, plus Learn-to-Swim Levels 4-6 and Adult Swim. This certification is the gold standard and provides the most comprehensive training for swim instructors.
Spring 2019 Course Date:
- March 11th - 15th