We offer American Red Cross Lifeguard courses, which include online learning, in-person lectures, videos, demonstrations, practice and testing skill scenarios, with a final written exam. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive certification cards that are valid for two years.

Course Descriptions:

(All Courses are American Red Cross)

Lifeguard Full Course:

This course is for individuals who have never been certified by the American Red Cross, or have a currently expired certification.

Lifeguard Review:

This course is for individuals who are currently certified by the American Red Cross and are coming up close to their expiration date, but are not yet expired (if you are expired, you must take the full course).

Waterfront Module:

This course is only an add-on to a current Lifeguarding course. This can either be taken along with the Full Lifeguard Course, or can be taken separately if you are already certified by ARC.

Prerequisites for Lifeguard and Waterfront:

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the last scheduled class session.
  • Swim 300 (550 for Waterfront) 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. Must demonstrate the ability to swim front crawl and breaststroke. Swim 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. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 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 so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  • Waterfront Only: Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface and continue to swim another 5 yards to complete the skill sequence.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Complete the online learning prior to the first day of class.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass both the Section 1-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid, and Section 2-Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with a minimum of 80 percent.


Course Type DatesTimes
Full LG Course August 18th – 21st  
Thursday 8/184:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 8/194:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 8/209:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 8/219:00 am – 5:00 pm
Full Course  
Review CourseSaturday September 24th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


 UNCG StudentsKaplan Center
Full Course$100**$150

**Ask us about student employment and available certification discounts at etbecker@uncg.edu.

UNCG Students: Currently enrolled students with an active Kaplan Center membership
Kaplan Center Members: All other current members

To Register:

Registration is open now. To register, please call the Information Desk at 336-334-5924 or visit the Kaplan Center Admin Suite between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.


Email Eric Becker etbecker@uncg.edu