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Lifeguard Certification

University Recreation Aquatics is affilatied with the American Red Cross to offer lifeguard classes and certification upon successful completion of the course.  Participants must be at least 15 years old to register and participate in the class. 

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This course prepares candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquatic emergencies and prevent drowning and other incidents. After successful completion of the course, participants will receive the following certifications (valid for 2 years): Lifeguarding, First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for The Professional Rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The first step you will need to complete is regersting for a pre-course, which consists of a 300 hundred swim, 2 minutes of treading water and a timed brick retrival. After successful completion of pre-course, you will register at the pre-course for your Lifeguard or Lifeguard Review class. 

Make-Up / Refund Policy

Make-ups are not offered if participant is not able to make the scheduled class or for inclement weather.  If inclement weather cancels a class, those affected will be contacted with more information.

Except as otherwise stated, refunds or credits will not be issued after payment has been made for an activity, class, or program.

Exceptions include:

  • If the activity, class, or program is cancelled by Texas Tech University - University Recreation
  • If a participant is injured or unable to participate due to a documented medical reason.

Any refund request outside the stated exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Refunds are made at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Aquatics and are not guaranteed.

Please submit a request HERE.

Lifeguard Certification Information

Lifeguard Course

Texas Tech Aquatics offers the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. These courses are blended learning, which means there will be approximately 7 hours of online coursework that must be comepleted before the first day of the in-person class sessions.  

The first step to earning a American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is to sign up for and successfully complete a lifeguard pre-course. The pre-course consists of: swim 300 yards without stopping using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for 2 minutes using legs only, and retrieve a 10-lb brick from minimum of 7 feet deep water and swim 20 yards with the weight, using legs only and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds. The cost of the pre-course is $15.00. The Lifeguard Course will cost $210.00, which will be paid after the successful completion of the pre-course. 

Summer 2022 Class Schedule: 

Thursday June 23rd - Sunday June 26th 

 

Lifeguard Review/Recertification Course

Lifeguard Recertification participants must provide proof of valid Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certifications and pass the pre-course.

Lifeguard Certifications will be issued:

  • After successful completion of the course, participants will receive the following certifications (valid for 2 years): Lifeguarding, First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for The Professional Rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The first step you will need to complete is regersting for a pre-course. The pre-course consists of: swim 300 yards without stopping using front crawl and breaststroke, tread water for 2 minutes using legs only, and retrieve a 10-lb brick from minimum of 7 feet deep water and swim 20 yards with the weight, using legs only and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds. The cost of the pre-course is $15.00. The Lifeguard Review/ Re-certification Course will cost $150.00, which will be paid after the successful completion of the pre-course. 

Summer 2022 Class Schedule: 

We will not be having anymore Lifeguard Review Courses until Fall 2022. 

 




Meet Our Instructors

Click on the tabs below to view our current Lifeguard Instructors

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Cameron Gould

is a Junior at Texas Tech studying Sport Management. He has been a LGI since 2021. His favorite part about being an LGI is being able to help the lifeguards and to see that they want to learn and improve. A fun fact about Cameron is that he loves sports and coaching!

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Nate Culbertson

Nate is a junior at Texas Tech majoring in Finance. He has been an LGI since June of 2021. His favorite part about being an LGI is teaching people skill that could help them in an emergency. A fun fact about Nate is that he knows how to ride a unicycle!

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Ryan Ramos

is a Junior studying Pre- Nursing. He has been a LGI since 2020. His favorite part about being an LGI is getting to train new lifeguards. A fun fact about Ryan is that he is good at video games

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Thiago Facchini

Thiago is a freshman at Texas Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has been an LGI since January of 2022. His favorite part about being an LGI is making new lifeguards. A fun fact about Thiago is that he lived in Japan!

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Keegan Scherdin

is a Senior at Texas Tech studying Biochemistry. He has been a LGI since 2021. His favorite part about being a LGI is passing the skills I've developed over 3 years of lifeguarding to potential lifeguards as well as new lifeguards that are still developing their skills. is A fun fact about Keegan is that he is working on getting into medical school in the coming years!

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Logan Groves

Logan is a sophomore at Texas Tech majoring in business management. He has been an LGI since January of 2022. His favorite part about being an LGI is being able to take his experience and apply it at UREC Aquatics to better the staff in their individual knowledge of lifeguard skills. A fun fact about Logan is that his favorite hobby is restoring cars!

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Jenna Kock

is a Sophomore at Texas Tech studying Advertising with a minor in Creative Media Industries. She has been an LGI since 2021. Her favorite part about being an LGI is watching the lifeguards become more confident in their skills in and out of the water. A fun fact about Jenna is that she is a Dean's Student Ambassador for the College of Media and Communications here at TTU!

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Jeff Ptak

is a graduate student at Texas Tech with a major in Biochemistry. He is currently a part of the School of Medicine at the Texas Tech Health Science Center. He has been a LGI since 2018. His favorite part about being an LGI is when the students get hype! A fun fact about Jeff is that he has a blue belt in Jiu- Jitsu.

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Cheyann Miller

is a Senior at Texas Tech studying Human Sciences. She has been a LGI since 2021. Her favorite part about being an LGI is getting to see everyone become more confident in their skills the more they practice. A fun fact about Cheyann is that she is applying to be a Water Safety Instructor Trainer through the American Red Cross!

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Mitchel Hoyer

is a Senior at Texas Tech studying Construction Engineering. He has been a LGI since 2021. His favorite part about being an LGI is being able to see first hand the improvement of people's lifeguarding skills. A fun fact about Michel is that he just accepted a full time position in Phoenix for a general contracting construction company when he graduates in May

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Trevor Bolger

is a Senior at Texas Tech studying Architecture. He has been an LGI since 2017! His favorite part about being an LGI is being able to teach people new skills. A fun fact about Trevor is that he is always looking to improve his skills as a teacher and learn from others!

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Vance Vyoral

Vance is a freshman at Texas Tech majoring in Computer Engineering. He has been an LGI since January of 2022. His favorite part about being an LGI is having the ability to teach new lifeguards. A fun fact about Vance is that he enjoys playing tabletop, card, and video games!

Registration

Registration for summer classes is OPEN NOW! 

Pre- Course: 

 Thursday June 16th  

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Have Questions or Need Help

Email us at urec.aquatics@ttu.edu. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response to your inquiry. Thank you!

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