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Fall 2020 Class Schedule
Class Date Time Location Cost
Lifeguard & Emergency O2 Purdue RecWell is working hard to reopen and bring our great programs, classes and resources to our visitors. Please be sure to revisit this page for updates/updated schedules.


Saturday & Sunday:

Aquatics Classroom

Purdue Affiliate: $165 

Non-Affiliate: $185


*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be unable to offer courses during the fall 2020 semester*

How do I register?
Registration and payment occurs at Member Services Desk at the CoRec or at our Online Store
Blended Learning Lifeguarding Course Certification Requirements
  • Be at least 15 years of age or older
  • Pass swim skills evaluation (requirements listed below)
  • Complete online blended learning course module (will be emailed to class participants one-week before class starts)
  • Attend and participate in all course sessions, as scheduled, in their entirety
  • Pass exit skills examination including written and in-water scenarios
Review Courses ONLY
  • Must possess a current and not expired American Red Cross Lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid certification or equivalent
  • Lifeguard candidates with an expired certificate must complete the full course
Swim Skills Evaluation

All registrants must complete the following skills in order to continue in the class. Participants are encouraged to consider their ability to pass these prior to registering:

  • 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. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
Lifeguarding Course Refund Policy
  • Failure to attend the swim skills evaluation, fail the swimming skills evaluation, or attend any portion of course activities will result in student being dropped from course without refund. 

  • Additional refund information is available here.