Red Cross Lifeguard Training


Full Course Cost:
Duke Rec & PE Members - $200
Non-Members - $250

Re-Certification Cost:
Duke Rec & PE Members - $110
Non-Members - $125

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What to expect

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is designed to teach skills and knowledge to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services take over. This class includes, Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED. Candidates MUST pass a prerequisite swimming skill evaluation.

Prerequisite Swimming Skills Evaluation

  • 300-yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both
  • Tread water using legs only for 2 minutes without support or stopping
  • Within 1 minute and 40 seconds, swim 20 yards, surface dive to 7 – 10 feet and retrieve a 10lb brick. Return to surface and swim back to starting point with both hands holding brick and keeping face at the surface. Exit the water without using ladder or steps.

Course Dates and Registration

Course dates and times can be found on MyRec. More information about MyRec and instructions on how to create a profile can be found on our MyRec webpage. Courses are open to Duke Community Members, Duke Students, and Students outside the Duke Community. Participants MUST attend all class dates.

Full Course Times

  • Thursdays: 5:00-10:30 PM
  • Fridays: 5:00-10:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sundays: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Re-Certification Course Times

  • Wednesdays: 5:00-10:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 5:00-10:30 PM