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Course Descriptions

Blended Lifeguarding Course with Administering Emergency Oxygen

This course is designed to teach individuals ages 15 and older the skills and knowledge needed to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will learn water rescues, professionalism and responsibilities as a lifeguard, how to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, first aid, and administering emergency oxygen. Certification is valid for 2 years. 

Administering Emergency Oxygen offers knowledge and training for skill necessary to provide care to a victim of a breathing emergency using breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators, and emergency oxygen. Certification is valid for 2 years.  

The Lifeguarding courses will be delivered in the American Red Cross "Blended Learning" format in which course information will be delivered through a web based presentation, followed up by on-site skill training sessions on the scheduled dates. The link for the online content will be e-mailed to participants once they have registered and paid for the course.  Participants will be required to complete the online material as directed by the course instructor prior to each on-site training session. The online portion must be completed in order to obtain this certification

Lifeguard Review

This course offers those who have a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification the opportunity to review the course content and renew their certification within a shorter time span compared to the full lifeguard course. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive their new certification in lifeguarding for an additional 2 years from the date of completion.


In order for an individual to participate in these courses they must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation. The skills evaluation will be administered the first day of the course and includes the following:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.  You may use swim goggles.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Hands should be placed under your armpits.
  3. Complete the timed event within 1 minute , 40 seconds (Swim goggles are NOT allowed on this skill)
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards with your face in or out of the water. 
  • 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 kick 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point. Keep both hands on the object with your face at or near the surface of the water so you are able to breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Your time stops once you have put the object on the pool deck and you exited the pool without using a ladder or steps.

There will be NO refund for individuals who fail the prerequisite skills evaluation.

Course Cost

Course NSU Students/Faculty/Staff General Public

Blended Lifeguarding Course w/
Administering Emergency Oxygen



Lifeguard Review Course



Next Course Dates and Times 

February 2019

  • February 11, 2019, 5:00p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • February 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • February 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • February 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • February 18, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

March 2019

  • March 11, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • March 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • March 16, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • March 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • March 23, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • March 25, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

May 2019

  • May 6, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • May 10, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • May 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • May 17, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • May 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • May 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

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January 2019

  • January 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • January 25, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m
  • January 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

April 2019

  • April 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • April 12, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m
  • April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

June 2019

  • June 3, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m
  • June 7, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m
  • June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m


For additional information, please contact Austin Harris, Assistant Director for Aquatics, at or (954) 262-6807.

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