Lifeguard Certification

Interested in learning a new skill? Want to gain certification in CPR/First Aid/AED? Ever consider becoming a lifeguard? The classes are open to members, non-members affiliated with Ashland University and also members of the community.

Lifeguard Training Prerequisite (LGP)

Successful completion of this class is mandatory before participants may register for the new Lifeguard Training course listed below. Participants must swim 300 yards continuously, consisting of the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard mixed freestyle and breaststroke. Additionally, they must retrieve a 10-pound brick from 10 feet of water, swim the brick 20 yards back to the side of the pool, and get out of the water without using the ladder or stairs. This must be completed in 1 minute 40 seconds.

Prerequisite: Must be 15 years of age by the completion of the new Lifeguard Training course.

Length of Class: One hour (will take place during the start of class on the first day)

Lifeguard Training - New (LGT)

This course teaches the skills necessary to guard at an aquatic facility. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard and First Aid Training certifications. Absence from any of the classes will result in a failure of the course and forfeiture of the registration fee. Instructors are not permitted to make up missed material with participants. New Lifeguard Training books and pocket masks are provided to class participants upon registration.

Prerequisite: Pass the Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

Length of class: 25 hours

Upcoming Lifeguard Certification Course

Course Dates:


Classes are held in the classroom and in the pool. Participants are expected to bring a bathing suit and be ready to enter the water each day.

Class Times:

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

*Participants are required to attend all classes in order to be eligible to take the skills and written tests


Students: $240

Members: $260

Non-Members: $280

Lifeguard Re-certification Course

Successful completion of this course will renew lifeguard training, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. This class will update participants on the new American Red Cross lifeguard CPR/AED guidelines. Participants should be prepared to take a written and water skill test.

Prerequisite: Proof of current CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Training and First Aid certifications.

Upcoming Lifeguard Re-Certification Course



Student: $120

Members: $140

Non-Members: $160

*Lifeguard Certification and Re-Certification Class

Minimum enrollment in all classes is five.

All registered participants must bring the Participants Manual with them on the day of class. Materials will be sent attached as a PDF in an email once you have registered. The manual will also be available the day of class for purchase. Participants must bring money that day or they will not be able to attend class.

Spring Hours

Rec Center: 
Mon.-Fri.: 6 a.m.- 10p.m. 
Sat.: noon- 10p.m.
Sun.: 1p.m.-10p.m.

Mon.-Thur.: 11a.m.-2 p.m./6p.m.-10p.m.
Fri.: 11 a.m.-2p.m. p.m./6p.m.-9 p.m.
Sat. noon-9 p.m.
Sun: 2pm.m-9 p.m.

Climbing Wall:
Mon. & Wed.: 3p.m.-8 p.m. 
Fri.-Sun.: 3p.m.-8 p.m.

Summer hours begin Thursday, May 8th!

Click here for a listing of special hours throughout the semester

Contact Us

Phone: 419.289.5440
Fax: 419.207.6170
Hotline: 419.207.6029