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Adult Aquatics

Lifeguard Classes

Want to obtain an American Red Cross (ARC) lifeguard certification? Need to refresh your skills?

Our lifeguard class teaches preventative lifeguarding, in-water rescue techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a two-year certification in:

  • American Red Cross lifeguard training
  • first aid
  • CPR for the professional rescuer

You must attend the entire class, complete all skills to instructors satisfaction, complete the online video portion of the class and provide proof of video completion to become certified.


Before you register you should be able to complete:

  1. a 300-yard continuous swim (100 yards freestyle, 100 yards breaststroke and 100 yards either breaststroke or freestyle); and
  2. a 20-yard swim (a surface dive to a depth of seven - 10 feet, retrieval of a 10-pound brick, a return to the surface and a 20-yard swim back to the starting point with the brick). You must complete the swim and exit the water without using a ladder or steps—all within one minute and 40 seconds.

You must bring a completed acknowledgement of risk form (PDF) to your first class. If you’re younger than 18, your parent/guardian must sign the form.

Upcoming Program Dates

These three-day classes run Fridays through Sundays. Class hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

May 20-22
June 3-5
June 24-26


Register online or call 303-871-7006.


$205*/four-day course (includes digital course book and CPR mask)

*You will also pay $45 directly to the American Red Cross when you register for the online video portion of the class. You will receive directions on how to set up your account to view the video a week before the class begins.

If you cancel six days or more before your first session, you will receive a 90 percent refund of fees paid to DU.

Age requirements

15 years and older

Additional program information

For more information on lifeguard classes, please contact Dan Wahl at 303-871-7006 or

We are now hiring Lifeguards to work at the Ritchie Center Pool.  If interested, please contact Dan Wahl at the information above.