Certification Classes | Recreational Services
University of Iowa

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

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:

  • Spring 2019

Fee: $190.00

Instructor: TBD

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. 

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 Emily Downes at emily-downes@uiowa.edu.

Register here.

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.

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.

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, October 4 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 5 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 7 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (or completion)

Fee: $225.00

Instructor: Emily Downes

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 Emily Downes at emily-downes@uiowa.edu.

Register here

  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Monday, September 24

Lifeguard Review Course (October)

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:

  • Sunday, October 21 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $150.00

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.

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 withdraws must be received by the Recreational Services Membership Coordinator at 319-335-6218 before the Registration/Cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund.

Register here.

  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Monday, October 15th

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, November 9 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 11 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (or completion)

Fee: $225.00

Instructor: TJ Croco

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 withdraws 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 Emily Downes at emily-downes@uiowa.edu

Register here

  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Monday, November 5th

Lifeguard Review Course (December)

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:

  • Sunday, December 2 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $150.00

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.

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 withdraws must be received by the Recreational Services Membership Coordinator at 319-335-6218 before the Registration/Cancellation deadline in order to receive a refund.

Register here.

  • Registration/Cancelation Deadline: Monday, November 26th 

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED Course

Heartsaver CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use and how to relieve an obstructed airway in adults. This course teaches skills with the American Heart Association’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. Curriculum meets the updated 2015 CPR & ECC guidelines. Upon successful completion of the course, including a CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years.

Upcoming dates (all classes will be held in Meeting Room 1A/1B of the CRWC) :

  • TBD

Fee: TBD

Instructor: TBD

Register here