Edge and Aquatics

American Red Cross Courses

lifeguard stands by pool


In conjunction with the American Red Cross, Campus Recreation offers several certification courses throughout the year. All of our courses are available to the public and are held at the Edge. Please see below for available courses and dates. All visitors must obtain a parking pass.

CPR & First Aid

We are excited to offer you American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid courses. The primary purpose of these courses is to teach the knowledge and skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies. This includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to care for a victim experiencing cardiac arrest.

We offer both Basic and Professional Rescuer levels, in either in-person or the blended learning format.


The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard course is to teach you the skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. This includes land and water rescue skills, as well as first aid and CPR. As a professional rescuer with a legal responsibility to act in an emergency, you must be self-disciplined and confident in your knowledge and skills. You need to have solid public relations, customer service and conflict resolution skills. In addition, you must be willing to be a leader and a good team member. Being a lifeguard requires maturity, professionalism and competence in specialized rescue techniques.

Lifeguard Prerequisites

  • Minimum age of 15 years
  • Swim 300 yards continuously using either front-crawl and/or breaststroke
  • Tread water for two minutes using only legs
  • Complete the following timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    • Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 12 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor

More information coming soon!