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Certification Classes

All certification courses will take place in the CRWC Natatorium unless otherwise noted.

Water Safety Instructor Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics. Upon successful completion of the Water Safety Instructor course, the participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating certification in Water Safety. Authorization is for 2 calendar years.

Upcoming dates:

  • None scheduled at this time.

Fee: $225.00

Instructor: T.J. Croco

Pre-requisites:

To enroll in the Water Safety Instructor course, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age before the last scheduled class session
  • be able to demonstrate the following skills in good form:
    • Front crawl - 25 yards
    • Back crawl - 25 yards
    • Breaststroke - 25 yards
    • Elementary backstroke - 25 yards
    • Sidestroke - 25 yards
    • Butterfly - 15 yards.
    • Maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling) 
    • Tread water for 1 minute

No exceptions and no refunds due to failure to complete pre-requisites.

If participants apply to work for Recreational Services within 2 weeks of completion of the course and maintain employment through one full semester (dependent on start date), $135.00 of the course fee will be refunded back to the participant. For questions regarding this incentive, please contact Allison Hursh at allison-hursh@uiowa.edu.

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  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Wednesday, Jan 25 noon
  • Max Enrollment: 12
  • Min Enrollment: 3

Lifeguarding Course

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding course, the participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, which is valid for 2 years. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • None scheduled at this time

Fee: $185

Instructor: Katey Sanders

More Dates:

  • Friday, Mar 31, 7pm-10pm
  • Saturday, Apr 1, 8am-10pm
  • Sunday, Apr 2, 8am-5pm or until completion

Fee: $185

Instructor: T.J. Croco

Pre-requisites:

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, you must

  • Be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session
  • Demonstrate the following skills:
    • swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
    • tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs starting in the water
    • 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. Cancellation requests for class withdrawals must be received by the Recreational Services Membership Coordinator by the Registration/Cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund. To cancel, please call 319-335-6218.

If participants apply to work for Recreational Services within 2 weeks of completion of the course and maintain employment through one full semester (depending on start date), $100.00 of the course fee will be refunded back to the participant. If high school students apply within 2 weeks of completion of the course and work the following university academic breaks: Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring break, $100.00 of the course fee will be refunded back to the participant. For questions regarding this incentive, please contact Allison Hursh at allison-hursh@uiowa.edu. 

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Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Wednesday, Jan 11 at noon for Jan sessions OR Wednesday, Mar 29 at noon for Mar/Apr sessions

  • Max Enrollment: 12
  • Min Enrollment: 3

Lifeguarding Instructor Course

This course trains instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission and Basic Water Rescue courses. 

Upcoming dates:

  • Friday, Apr 28, 7pm-10pm
  • Saturday, Apr 29, 8am-10pm
  • Sunday, Apr 30, 8am-5pm or until completion

Fee: $225.00

Instructor: Katey Sanders

Pre-requisites:

  • Must be 17 years of age by the last day of class and attend ALL class dates.
  • Must hold current American Red Cross Lifeguarding / First Aid and CPR/AED for Lifeguards certifications. Pre-requisite Swimming skills, Rescue skills, CPR and First Aid 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 pre-requisites.  Cancellation requests for class withdrawls must be received by the Recreational Services Membership Coordinator by the Registration/Cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund. To cancel, please call 319-335-6218.

For questions regarding this course, please contact Phil Julson at phil-julson@uiowa.edu.

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  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Wednesday, Apr 26 noon
  • Max Enrollment: 12
  • Min Enrollment: 3

Lifeguard Review Course

The purpose of the Lifeguarding Review course is to provide individuals the opportunity to review the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course content within a formal course setting to renew their Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications. To be eligible, the participant must have previously completed the American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED program. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, May 6, 8am-8pm

Fee: $145.00

Instructor: Katey Sanders

Pre-requisites:

To enroll in the Water Safety Instructor course, you must:

  • Swim 300 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. 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 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

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  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Wednesday, May 3 noon
  • Max Enrollment: 12
  • Min Enrollment: 3

Participants are required to show documentation of prior Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR/AED-PR certifications. Prior certification may be expired no longer than 30 days before the class date to be eligible.  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. Cancellation requests for class withdrawls must be received by the Recreational Services Membership Coordinator at 319-335-6218 before the Registration/Cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund.

Visit recserv.uiowa.edu for more information or email phil-julson@uiowa.edu.