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Certification Details

Certification Details

Blended Learning Format Description

Blended learning design employs a variety of methods to meet participants needs for consistent, high quality instruction and accurate information. To help participants acquire new information, build correct psychomotor skills and develop decision making and problem solving skills, a variety of interactive activities are integrated into lessons along with video and skill demonstrations, skill sessions, traditional lectures and guided discussions. Guided discussions and activities are designed to correspond to the course objectives.


This is a 7-hour course that needs to be completed prior to in-person classroom and skill sessions. It can be stopped and saved as needed, and is most successful when completed on a computer rather than a phone or tablet. Participants will be emailed a direct link to the registration portal upon completing a Preskills course. 

Participants are required to bring a hard copy of the Online Learning Completion Certificate with them to the Friday session of in-person instruction. Failure to provide this verification will result in the participant not being permitted to continue with the Lifeguarding course. No refund will be provided by UDCR or the American Red Cross.


Video segments are shown in both the online learning and in-person skill sessions and are designed to enliven the program by conveying key concepts and providing uniformly consistent explanations and demonstration of skills.


This portion spans three (3) days of scheduled time over a weekend and will include both classroom and in-water sessions. Each day of the course will meet promptly at the following times:

  • Friday: 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am-7:30pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am-7:30pm

Certification Course Registration

Participants will not be registered for a certification course until a Preskills has been successfully completed. Upon passing the preskills, participants will receive a registration form for the lifeguarding course to process at the RecPlex Welcome Desk. 

Once registered for the Lifeguarding Course and at least a week prior to the first in-person skills session, an email will be sent to the email account provided on the form. Please keep this in mind and provide the best email to send that communication to on your registration form.

The link will take you to the American Red Cross online learning portal where the participant will need to create an account unique to them as the participant. This account is linked to a particular participant name and American Red Cross only allows one email account per person/name. So, if an email account was already used for another family member, they will not be able to utilize that same email for their account as well. 


Campus Recreation Member
Preskills: $15
Lifeguarding Certification: $205

Preskills: $15
Lifeguarding Certification: $225


The individual member is identified as the person with a direct relationship to the University of Dayton. As such, the person must hold an individual membership in the respective category (i.e. student, faculty/staff, alumni/affiliate).  

NOTE: A minor’s status for payment purposes is reflective of the legal parent/guardian’s membership status.

Other Details to Know

course location and parking

The physical address for the RecPlex is 2 Evanston Ave. Dayton, OH 45409. Please ensure you are familiar with the location of the RecPlex ahead of the course to ensure timely arrival to the facility. Failure to be on time will result in removal from the course, and no refund will be awarded.

For immediate contact with our Welcome Desk staff, please call 937-229-2704 during business hours.

Free, open parking is available on weekends (as of 4:30pm on Fridays) in the "visitors" C Lot off of Evanston Avenue. UDCR is not responsible for any parking violations obtained by participants for improper parking.

what to bring

Participants must bring swimsuit, towel and change of clothes. It is encouraged that participants bring a water bottle to refill and stay hydrated, as well as healthy food options to optimize nutrition and energy as this is an active class. No refrigerator or microwave will be available, and leaving the RecPlex during breaks is not permitted.

NOTE: The Chill and vending machines are not reliable sources of food due to hours of operation.

other course materials

UD Campus Recreation will provide participants with the equipment necessary to be successful in the course. A hip pack with a CPR breathing barrier, gloves and whistle is included within the cost of the course. These items will be used throughout the course and are able to be taken home upon completion of the course.

The online manual will be used throughout the online portion of the course. During the in-person portion, UDCR will provide an in-house hard copy of the manual to utilize within the classroom. Participants are able to purchase their own hard copy of the manual through the American Red Cross to use as an additional resource once the course is complete.


In the best interest of your child, the University of Dayton has established the following minors policy. Please click here to review this policy before registering for any preskills or lifeguard course.


Being on time is a critical component of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Participants must be present prior to the start of the course. Any participants not there at the start of a class session will not be able to continue in the program and no refund will be provided. Participants must be actively engaged in all scheduled time and successfully complete all required components in order to pass the course.


It is necessary for the Aquatics Director to properly plan for the number of participants scheduled for each course. With this in mind, the following refund policy has been developed by UDCR administration: 

  • Refund request made 30 days or more prior to the first day of the course will be refunded in full minus a $10 administrative fee.
  • Refund request made 29 to 11 days prior to the first day of the course will be refunded at 50% minus a $10 administrative fee.
  • Refund request made 10 days or fewer prior to the first day of the course will not be given. Illness, injury, or other extraneous circumstances documented by a physician or accredited third-party representative may be directed to the Aquatics Director for consideration of a refund. These requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may or may not be awarded.

The Aquatic Center is available for open swim only to those who are current members of UD Campus Recreation. The same policy stands for the RecPlex as a whole. 

when will i get my certification?

Upon successful completion of the Lifeguarding Course per American Red Cross standards, participants will receive an email from the ARC with their certification attached 7-14 days following the course completion. Certifications will be emailed to the account tied to the blended online learning portion.


Campus Recreation

2 Evanston Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45409