Interested in becoming a certified lifeguard?

 

 

 

Harvard University Aquatics is offering American Red Cross certification classes for Lifeguard Training, complete with CPR/AED and First Aid. We also offer Lifeguard Training Review courses for those currently certified as American Red Cross Lifeguards.

 

Requirements:

In order to participate in an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Participants must be 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course. 
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards without goggles. Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  • Attend all class sessions.

Blended Learning Classes:

We offer both traditional certification courses as well as Blended Learning web-based/in-classroom style courses. Blended Learning combines online learning with in-person skills sessions conducted by a Red Cross certified instructor. The blended learning online sessions offer students a variety of elements to learn program content including videos, lesson narration and special interactive features. This allows for individualized, self-paced learning. Once the online session has been successfully completed, students practice skills and are assessed by the instructor during the in-person skills sessions. 

 

Course Costs:

Lifeguard Training: $250

Lifeguard Training Review: $175

 

There is a $50 non-refundable fee to register for all classes. Reimbursements, minus the $50 non-refundable fee upon registration, are only granted for documented medical conditions and withdrawal requests made at least two weeks prior to the class start date. 

 

Pre-registration is required for all classes; same day registration is not available. Online registration is available and can be accessed here

If you are registering for a Lifeguard Training Review course, copies of your current basic-level certifications must be emailed to aquatics@fas.harvard.edu before your class instructions and assignments can be sent to you. 

 

 

Upcoming Course Schedule: 

  

Winter - Spring 2020

 

Lifeguard Training

  • March 21st - April 11th 
    • Saturdays 10am - 5pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 3/13 at 5:30pm
      •  3/14 at 1pm
  • Last Day to Register: 3/11
 
     

Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

  • January 24th - 26th
    • Friday 5pm - 9pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 1/17 at 5pm
      •  1/18 at 12pm
  • Last Day to Register: 1/15

Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

  • February 7th - 22nd
    • Friday 5pm - 9pm
    • Saturdays 10am - 5pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 1/31 at 5:30pm
      •  2/1 at 1pm
  • Last Day to Register: 1/31

Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

  • February 14th - 16th
    • Friday 5pm - 9pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 2/7 at 5:30pm
      •  2/8 at 1pm
  • Last Day to Register: 2/5
     

Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

  • March 13th -15th 
    • Friday 5pm - 9pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 3/6 at 5:30pm
      •  3/7 at 1pm
  • Last Day to Register: 3/4

Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

  • April 10th - 12th 
    • Friday 10am - 3pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5:30pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 4/3 at 5:30pm
      •  4/4 at 1pm
  • Last Day to Register: 4/1

Lifeguard Training - Blended Learning

  • April 17th - 19th 
    • Friday 5pm - 9pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm
    • Pre-Requisite Test Dates:
      • 4/10 at 5:30pm
      •  4/11 at 1pm
  • Last Day to Register: 4/8
     

Lifeguarding Review

  • February 8th & 9th 
    • Saturday -Sunday
    • 12pm - 6pm
  • Last Day to Register: 2/5
 

Lifeguarding Review

  • March 7th & 8th 
    • Saturday -Sunday
    • 10am - 4pm
  • Last Day to Register: 3/4
     

 

Participants in the Lifeguard Training course will be provided with all equipment including access to an electronic version of the textbook and pocket masks. Participants in the Lifeguard Training Review course must provide their own adult and pediatric pocket masks.


  

Interested in becoming an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor?

 

Harvard University Aquatics also offers American Red Cross certification classes for Lifeguarding Instructor Training and review courses for Lifeguarding Instructors and Instructor Trainers.

  • Lifeguarding Instructor courses certify individuals to teach basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.
  • The Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer review course is an abbreviated recertification course for currently certified instructors and instructor trainers. The purpose of the course is to allow participants to review the course content and practice skills in a formal class setting and complete the final written exam. (Instructors or instructor trainers whose certification was withdrawn for any reason are not eligible to participate in the instructor review course).

 

Requirements:

In order to participate in an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor course, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Participants must be at least 17 years of age on the last day of the instructor course.
  • Must possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. 

 

In order to participate in an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess a current (r.2017) American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor certifications and/or
  • Possess a current (r.2017) American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer certification.

 

Participants in the Lifeguarding Instructor Training course will be provided with a copy of the Lifeguard Instructor's Manual. Participants must provide their own adult and pediatric pocket masks. 

Particiapants in the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review class must provide their own print version of the Instructor's Manual as well as their own adult and pediatric pocket masks.

 

Course Costs:

 

Lifeguarding Instructor Training: $350

Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review: $100

 

There is a $50 non-refundable fee to register for all classes. Reimbursements, minus the $50 non-refundable fee upon registration, are only granted for documented medical conditions and withdrawal requests made at least two weeks prior to the class start date. 

 

Pre-registration is required for all classes; same day registration is not available. Online registration is available and can be accessed here.

 If you are registering for a Lifeguard Instructor Training course, copies of your current basic-level certifications must be emailed to aquatics@fas.harvard.edu before your class instructions and assignments can be sent to you. 

 

 

Upcoming Course Schedule: 

 


Spring 2020

 

 

Lifeguarding Instructor Training

  • April 4th - April 25th 
    • Saturdays 10am - 4pm
    • Schedule varies by week
    • Pre-Course Assessment:
      • 3/28 at 10am - 2pm
  • Last Day to Register: 3/25

 

 

 

 


 

Please note, the coordination of our Lifeguard Training classes are overseen by our Aquatics Training and Operations Assistant, their office hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays. Inquires made Saturdays - Monday may not be responded to until Tuesday afternoon.