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Certifications Required for Participation

All Participants

All certifications must be obtained through the American Red Cross.

All certifications must be current throughout the duration of their program. 

Classes that are "online only" are not an accepted format for certification training as they do not meet the OSHA requirements for the workplace certification. 

Classes that are "blended learning" are accepted, as they require you to do a portion online and as well as in person with an American Red Cross certified instructor. 

Summer Participants

In order adhere to contractual requirements, all summer participants are required to obtain an American Red Cross lifeguard certification.

If you are planning on participating with our summer aquatic programs, you will also need to obtain your water safety instructor (WSI) certification as well.

Lifeguard Training courses require a swim test at the beginning of the class.  These swim tests are difficult and they do recommend swimming prior to taking the course to refresh.

Lifeguard Training Pre-Requisites:

  • 300-yard swim continuously (100 front crawl, 100 breaststroke, 100 either front crawl or breaststroke)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Timed event: Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive in 7-10 feet of water, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object


If you have attempted the lifeguard training course and do not pass, or if you have a preexisting condition that prevents you from completing the required skills in the lifeguard pretest, please contact our aquatic and certifications coordinator at campa.certifications@uni.edu 

Fall/Spring Participants

In order adhere to contractual requirements, all Fall and Spring participants are required to obtain one of the following American Red Cross Certifications:

  • Adult, Child & Infant First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer 

Finding Courses In Your Area

If you are searching for courses in your area you can try one of the following: 

  • Call your university recreation center and see if they have any classes coming up
  • Call your local YMCA and ask if they have Red Cross courses available
  • Call your local parks and recreation center and ask if they have any courses available
  • Check the Classes in Your Area page to see if we have courses listed in your area
  • Go online to Red Cross and search for courses in your area
    • Please note that this is not an all encompassing list of the courses in your area. These are only the ones that have been reported to the Red Cross, there could be more that aren't reported.