Lifeguard Certification


Due to COVID-19, the LU Pool is closed and all Aquatics programs, including Learn to Swim, are cancelled until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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 Megan.Schneiter@Lamar.edu.

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 completion certification and bring it on your first day of class. 
  4. 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 portion.

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.