Aquatic's Safety Training



Safety Corner


   American Red Cross Lifeguard Training 


The American Red Cross Lifeguarding program provides individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to keep patrons of aquatic facilities safe in and around water. This program includes a lifeguard training course with aquatic-specific First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. This training will include the proper use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and how to protect you following Preventing Disease Transmission (PDT) procedures. The Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR certifications are valid for 2 years from the last day of the course.


These are long days; please remember to pack a lunch, bring warm clothes and extra towels.


Note: Class may be let out early each day due to advanced course progression or instructor discretion. Minimum enrollment for a Lifeguard class is 5 individuals–if this minimum is not met, you have the option for a full refund or rescheduling for a different course date.


Prerequisites: Must be at least 15 years old and pass certain swimming requirements.
Course length: 24 – 29 hours; 2 year Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification


Water Safety Instructor Training


The purpose of this course is to train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Pre-School Aquatics, and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics. Authorization is for two calendar years. Initial authorization may be for more or less than two years depending on the time of course completion.


          These are long days; please remember to pack a lunch and bring warm clothes.


 CPR/AED Training


Lay Responder


       Lay Responder courses are for any member of the community or workplace.


CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers


Designed for individuals with a duty to respond to emergencies, this program combines discussions, video and hands-on training. Real-life rescue scenarios reinforce decision-making skills. Free quarterly refreshers. Course covers how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. Topics include:


  • Primary assessment
  • Ventilations (incl. use of CPR breathing barriers and use of BVMs)
  • Choking (incl. conscious and unconscious)
  • CPR (incl. one- and two-rescuer)
  • AED
  • Optional training in use of epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma inhalers available


Course length: Approximately 5.5 hours. 2-year certification


Other courses that can be offered by Campus Recreation Staff:

  • Oxygen Administration
  • Water Front Lifeguarding
  • Boat Safety
  • Lifeguard Management
  • Safety Swimming for Swim Coaches



For questions, comments or more information, please stop by the Aquatics office in the Recreation Center Natatorium or call 713-313-6811


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