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Lifeguard Training

The Lifeguard course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers American Red Cross Adult Lifeguard training to UNF Students, UNF Faculty and Staff and the general public. This certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of completion.


UNF Student rate: $200 per person

Non-Student rate: $300 per person

Prerequisite Swim Test

Participants must be able to pass the following prerequisite swim test:

  • Swim 150 yards continuously, 2 minutes of treading water using only the legs and a 50 yard swim.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 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 steps or a ladder.

*goggles are allowed

Participants are expected to pass this water skills test on the first day of class. Failure to pass the test will result in removal from the course and a full refund issued.  Failure to schedule and attend a test prior to 3 days of attending the course will result in the opportunity for a refund to become invalid and the participant will have to pass the test to attend the course.

Certification Requirements

To complete the training and receive a lifeguard certification, participants must:

  • Register for the program
  • Complete the prerequisite swim test in advance as described above.
  • Complete all eLearning content, including the eLearning written exam (CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid) in advance of attending the course.
  • Attend the entire course and participate in all class sessions.
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  • Pass the final skills scenarios.
  • Successfully pass final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent. If a participant fails to reach the minimum 80 percent on the final written exam, a retest is allowed using the other version of the exam, provided that the learner has passed the final skills assessment.

Upon completion of training, certificates will be emailed to the address provided through registration. 


Courses will be held in The UNF Competition Pool. Maximum class size is 10 participants with a minimum of 5 is required to run the course. 

Participants are asked to come to the main pool entrance on the first day of class for check-in.

The next course occurs on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, April 12 5 PM-8 PM
  • Saturday, April 13 9 AM-4 PM
  • Friday, April 19 5 PM-8 PM
  • Saturday April 20 9 AM-4 PM
  • Sunday, April 31 3 PM-7 PM (Final skills test out)

Course Training Notes

 A course maybe canceled due to low enrollment. Class participants will be notified of any cancellations the Wednesday before class. The course structure is subject to change based on inclement weather, and back-up dates will be provided in this case. 

Step 1: Register for your class.

Step 2: Complete online learning portion. A link will be provided after completion of the registration step.

  • The online learning must be completed prior to attending the in-person skills class.
  • Online learning time is approximately 7 hours
  • To complete the online learning, you'll be prompted to login. First time users need to create a login for Red Cross. Trouble accessing online learning? Troubleshooting tips & FAQ
  • After completing the online learning portion, the last screen shows your completion certificate. Screenshot this on your phone to show your instructor. You will only be able to participate in the skills session with proof of this completion.

Step 3: Attend the practical skills session (hands-on training)

  • Make sure to bring proof of your online course completion
  • Certificates are emailed following the training
  • Bring towel(s), swim suit, sunscreen, snacks, water and warm clothing

For more information call us at (904) 620-4769.