Prerequisites & Skill Requirements

  • Participants must be at least 15 years of age prior to the final day of the course. Parent signature is required for participants under the age of 18 years old.
  • Participants will be required to pass the American Red Cross lifeguarding prerequisites prior to beginning the course.  They should take time prior to the start of the course to practice and prepare. Participants are required to swim 300 yards alternating front crawl and breaststroke.  There is no time limit for this portion, however they cannot stop at any point. Participants are also required to complete a brick retrieval skill. Starting in the water,  they will 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 on their back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within one minute, 40 seconds. The third component of the preskills is the ability to tread water for 2 minutes with hands tucked in the underarms.
  • Participants that do not pass the prerequisites will not be permitted to enroll in the lifeguarding course  

Spring 2017 Preskill Times & Dates

(Only need to register for one of the below preskill sessions.  Each session must have a minimum of 2 participants. Must pass preskills before registering for the Lifeguarding Course.)

Cost: $15
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location:  RecPlex Aquatic Center
Registration Form: Click Here


Course Date: Sunday, February 19
Registration Closes: February 12

Course Date: Sunday, March 12
Registration Closes: March 5

Course Date: Sunday, March 26
Registration Closes: March 19

Course Date: Sunday, April 9
Registration Closes: April 2

-Preskills must be completed through UDCR prior to registering for the lifeguarding course.

-Preskills course completion list will be given to the welcome desk upon successful completion of the preskills.

-Failure to pass all components of the preskills will require the participant to take the entire set of preskills again.

-If you cannot make it to the assigned preskills time, we will reschedule but it will cost $25 rather than $15. 

-If the participant is under the age of 18, a Minors Emergency Medical Plan will need to be on file. The Minors Emergency Medical Plan is valid one year from the date of submission.

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Campus Recreation

2 Evanston Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45409