Recreation Services Offering Lifeguard Certification Class


People swimming in Student Aquatic Center leisure pool

An American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class is being offered March 27-30 at Southeast’s Student Aquatic Center.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 11, 2008 — The Department of Recreation Services at Southeast Missouri State University is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class March 27-30.

The 30-hour class is being held in the new Student Recreation Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University: The Red Cross Lifeguard Certification class will be held from 4-9 p.m. March 27-28 and from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. March 29-30 in Southeast’s Student Aquatic Center, 750 New Madrid Street.

The cost is $125 per person for affiliated members of Southeast’s Student Recreation Center and $150 per person for non-affiliated members. The cost includes a required book.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to teach candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies, such as drownings and injuries.

Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The practice sessions will require some strenuous physical activity. Candidates are encouraged to check with their health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating in the Lifeguarding course, please contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290.

To enroll in the Lifeguarding course, candidates must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session. To participate in the Lifeguarding course, candidates must be able to:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:
    • 100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front,
    •  100 yard of breaststrokes using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
    •  100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.
  • 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, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

The skills evaluation will occur on the first day of the course. Participants are asked to bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and for every class. On March 29-30, there will be a one-hour break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding course, each participant will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Lifeguarding/First Aid, which is valid for three years and an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, which is valid for one year. Registration is open to the first 10 who register and pay. Participants must successfully attend all sessions for certifications. A second class will be added when the first class is full (at a different date and time).

For more information, contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290.