Lifeguard Certifications

The Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification course teaches lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies at an aquatic facility. Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive American Red Cross Lifeguard Training/First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer valid for two (2) years.


To register, log in to your online account (new window) and select the appropriate class. If you do not have an online account, you will need to create an account (new window). For help, refer to our Online Account Management page. Please note that Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff do not need to create an account and can log in with a Georgetown NetID.


  • Must be 15 years of age by completion of course.
  • Ability to swim 300 yards continuously swimming demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing swimming freestyle and breaststroke.
  • Ability to tread water for 2 minutes using only your legs.
  • Ability to swim 20 yards of freestyle or breaststroke, submerge to 10 ft. and pick up a 10 lb object, holding it with both hands return 20 yards and exit pool in 1 minute and 40 seconds.
  • Successful completion of approximately 7 to 8 hours of Online Blended-Learning Coursework before the first day of the course.


  • Registration will be acknowledged on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Registration must include valid payment for confirmation.
  • Payment can be made online using a credit card.
  • Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment numbers will be canceled.
  • Attendance is required for all classes within each session. No exceptions! Each session includes three (3) classes scheduled as below.  The first class of each session will include prerequisite testing.
  • Refund Policy: If a student does not pass the prerequisite training, all but $50 of the course fees will be refunded. No refunds will be issued to any registrant who withdraws on or after the scheduled class start (unless the registrant does not pass the prerequisite training).
  • Non-GU affiliated members will be required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test the first day of the course.

Lifeguard Certification Courses

Attendance is mandatory for all class dates in a session. No refunds unless the class is canceled.
Session II:
April 12th – 14th
Session III:
May 3rd – 5th
Each session is a 3-day course and is taught using a Blended Learning format. This includes 7 to 8 hours of online work to be completed before the first day of the course.

Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

$200  Georgetown Students
$250 Campus Recreation Members
$300  Non-Members
Fee includes CPR pocket mask and certification fee.

Yates Field House, Georgetown University
Minimum enrollment: 5 or class will be canceled.

Lifeguard Recertification Courses

Participants in the Lifeguarding recertification course must have a current certification. Proof of prior training should be verified by showing an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificates. Individuals whose certification has expired must take the full certification course again. Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR certificates are valid for two years.

Attendance is mandatory for all class dates in a session. No refunds unless the class is canceled.

Friday, April 5th – Saturday, April 6th

Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$100 for Students and Campus Recreation Members, $125 for Non-Students
Fee includes the price of pocket mask.
Minimum enrollment: 4