Lifeguard/Lifeguard Instructor Certification

We offer American Red Cross lifeguarding classes!

Get certified in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid. You must be at least 15 years old by the last class day.

You will learn:

  • patron surveillance techniques
  • victim recognition
  • proper entry techniques
  • proper rescue skills... and much more

For more information on upcoming classes, email

FIRST, you must pass the pre-test:

  • Swimming 300 yards
    A non-timed event where you can swim the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of the two.
  • Two minute tread
    Students must use legs only and keep their head above the water.
  • Brick test
    The brick test must be completed within 1 minute and 40 seconds. You start in the water, swim 20 yards, dive head first or feet first to bottom of the pool, grab the brick with two hands, swim back to starting point, climb out of the water and stand up to have the time stopped.

Please bring a picture ID with your date of birth when completing your pre-test. 

Lifeguard Blended Learning Classes

Blended learning classes mean you complete an online portion of the class at home on your own time. Then, you come in person to the LU Indoor Pool to complete the physical portion of the course.  This allows each participant to learn at home at their own pace, but still, have the hands-on practice for the actual skills.

What should you do next?

  1. Choose the session below that best fits your need. You must attend all three days. 
    1. Friday nights are from 5pm-9pm
    2. Saturday & Sundays are from 9am-6pm
  2. Complete the registration and pay for the class. All blended learning classes cost $225.
  3. Complete the online portion of the class which will be emailed to you. Print out the completion certification and bring it on your first day of class. 
  4. Come on pre-test day to complete your three required swimming pre-tests. Pre-test time can be adjusted but you must be available all three days for the in-class portion.
    1. The pre-test is listed as the first date of your course.  The pre-test will need to be completed within that time frame.  

Spring 2023 Class Registration

Lifeguard Review Course

The Lifeguard Review Course is designed for those participants who are currently certified Lifeguards.  You can take this course instead of taking the entire course again.  It will review all necessary skills and certify you for an additional 2 years. If this is the right class for you,

  1. Complete the online registration below and pay for the class. Cost is $125.
  2. Come on pre-test day to complete your three required swimming pre-test.  Pre-test time can be adjusted but you must be available all three days for the in-class.
    1. Make sure to bring your current certification to the pre-test or you will not be allowed in the class.
  3. Show up at the indoor pool on your first class day with your own participant manual, whistle, hip pack, and combo pocket mask.

Be an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor!

In the Lifeguard Instructor class, you'll learn:

  • teaching
  • observation techniques
  • and much more!

In the Lifeguard Instructor Update class, you'll review:

  • policy and procedures
  • skill techniques
  • and much more!

Lifeguard Instructor Course

Cost: $325

 To attend the lifeguard instructor course,

  1. You must be at least 17 years old on the last day of the course.
  2. You must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification.
  3. You must register and pay for the course. Click below to register.
    1. Friday night be will from 5pm-9pm
    2. Saturday & Sunday from 9am-6pm
  4. You will receive an email with the rest of the instructors for the course.

Lifeguard Instructor Update Class

This course allows the addition of the basic-level certification.
Cost: $90 for update and $40 for basic-level certification

To attend the Lifeguard Instructor Update Class,

  1. You must possess a current Lifeguard Instructor certification.
  2. You need to register and pay online. Click below to register.
  3. You will receive an email with the rest of the information regarding class.
  4. Class will be Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm

Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center

4405 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.
Beaumont, TX 77705

Monday - Friday
8 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday
12 pm - 5 pm

Climbing Wall

Monday - Friday
12 pm - 5 pm

Intramurals Field

Corner of Jimmy Simmons Blvd. & Jim Gilligan Way

Open during Intramurals events.

Indoor Pool

Health & Human Performance Complex, Building A 100
4405 Jimmy Simmons Blvd.

Monday - Thursday
1 pm - 5 pm

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