Lifeguard Certification Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.  This course will follow the American Red Cross Lifeguarding curriculum.

Course Length: 16 Hours In-Person 

Course Price: $195, $155 (for current Mizzou Students)

Course Prerequisites:

  • You must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session
  • You must demonstrate the following skills:
    • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
    • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
    • 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.

Swimming skills will be tested on the first day of class. Skills must be completed in order to continue. No exceptions and no refunds due to failure to complete prerequisites

Course Requirements: Participants must attend and participate in all subsequent sessions (*if applicable), class room work, and skills practice. To receive the associated certification, participants must satisfactorily demonstrate all Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR skills as well as pass the course written exam with at least a score of 80%.

Certification received upon fulfilling course requirements (valid 2 years): Lifeguard, First Aid CPR for the Professional Rescuer

Spring 2024 Course Schedule:

No courses are scheduled at this time. 

Please email for more information.