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Aquatics at the Preston Center

Lifeguard Training


American Red Cross Certification


Lifeguard Courses:

Lifeguarding Course Information

Successful completion results in a 2-year certification in Lifeguarding that includes first aid, professional-level CPR and AED in one certificate. Digital certificate available upon successful completion of course.


Must be at least 15 years old, swim 300 yards (Freestyle, breaststroke; Goggles Allowed) 2 minute tread without hands and a timed submerged brick retrieval (1min 40sec; Goggles Not Allowed).

Course length:

Course will be a blended learning course. You will receive a link with an online portion of the course once you register. 

The in person physical training will take 19-21 hours, the online portion of the course is anywhere from 7-9 hours of time.


Course(s) being offered: 

  • April 14, 15, 16 (Spring 2023) - American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard Certification Course - Friday 5-9pm/Saturday & Sunday 8:30am-5:30pm - Registration will open March 6, 2023

Course Cost: 

  • Non-Members/Community = $275
  • WKU Preston Center Members = $250 

How to Register: 

Sign up in our app or register in person in the upstairs Campus Recreation and Wellness Office. For questions call: (270) 745-6060. 


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 Last Modified 3/2/23