Lifeguard Training


The Department of Recreational Sports offers American Red Cross Safety Training Courses for SHSU students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public. These trainings provide the skills necessary to create a safe school, work and home environment. Lifeguarding and Lifeguard Instructor Courses are open to the public.


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Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor Certifications

Lifeguard Instructor Training | February 29-March 3, 2016

Dates: Feb. 29-March 3, 2016

Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Registration Deadline: February 19, 2016

Cost: $75 RSC Staff, $175 SHSU Students, $200 Non-Students

Location: RSC Pool

This course prepares instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Once authorized, Lifeguard Instructors may teach:

  • Basic-level Lifeguarding
  • Waterfront Lifeguarding
  • Waterpark Lifeguarding
  • Shallow Water Attendant
  • Lifeguard Management
  • CPR/AED for Lifeguards
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission
  • Basic Water Rescue
  • GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow
  • Water Safety presentations

Prerequisites: Be at least 17-years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course. Successfully complete the pre-course session. This includes passing the pre-course written exam with a score of 80% or higher for each of three sections and demonstrating competency in the pre-course skills and scenario evaluation. Skills include but are not limited to entries, approaches, rescues and after-care.

Lifeguard Certification Class | March 14-April 2, 2016

Dates: March 14 - April 2, 2016

Monday/Wednesdays - 5 p.m-10 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2016

Cost: $175 SHSU Students, $200 Non-Students

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of the Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

Location: RSC Pool

This training teaches the skills necessary to guard at an aquatic facility. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguarding and First Aid Training certifications. Students must attend all classes in order to receive the certifications. Participants must complete the Lifeguarding Training Prerequisites on the first day of class.

Lifeguard Certification Class | March 15-April 2, 2016

Dates: March 15-April 2, 2016

Tues/Thurs 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2016

Cost: $175 SHSU Students, $200 Non-Students

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of the Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

Location: RSC Pool

This training teaches the skills necessary to guard at an aquatic facility. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguarding and First Aid Training certifications. Students must attend all classes in order to receive the certifications. Participants must complete the Lifeguarding Training Prerequisites on the first day of class.

Lifeguard Certification Class | April 7-10, 2016

Dates: April 7-10, 2016

Thursday-5PM-10PM, Friday-5PM-10PM, Saturday-8AM-7PM, Sunday-8AM-6PM

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2016

Cost: $175 SHSU Students, $200 Non-Students

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of the Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

Location: RSC Pool

This training teaches the skills necessary to guard at an aquatic facility. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguarding and First Aid Training certifications. Students must attend all classes in order to receive the certifications. Participants must complete the Lifeguarding Training Prerequisites on the first day of class.

Lifeguard Certification Class | April 14-17, 2016

Dates: April 14-17, 2016

Thursday-5PM-10PM, Friday-5PM-10PM, Saturday-8AM-7PM, Sunday-8AM-6PM

Registration Deadline: April 7, 2016

Cost: $175 SHSU Students, $200 Non-Students

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of the Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

Location: RSC Pool

This training teaches the skills necessary to guard at an aquatic facility. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguarding and First Aid Training certifications. Students must attend all classes in order to receive the certifications. Participants must complete the Lifeguarding Training Prerequisites on the first day of class.


For more information please contact Shawna Burroughs