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Learn to Guard

Upon completion of all skills and written tests, this course will certify the participant in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, CPR/AED & First Aid for the Professional Rescuer, and will provide the skills and knowledge needed to become a lifeguard. All participants must have valid Campus Recreation access to register. Participants must pass a prerequisite test prior to the first day of class, and there are required homework assignments. The cost for all learning materials is provided for in the course fee. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED First Aid, and is an excellent addition to any resume. No make-up sessions are provided, and it is required that participants attend every session.

Spring 2015 Dates:
Please note, Learn to Guard is only offered in the spring semester.

Learn to Guard Registration:
In the Campus Recreation Main Office, Pearson/McGonigle Halls, Suite 303.  Registration dates for Spring 2015:  Monday, February 2nd - Monday, March 9th.

Lesson Dates:

Fridays, March 13th - April 10th, 5:00-10:00pm


Pearson McGonigle Halls, Pool 31

This is a certification for lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer. Certification is available to Temple students, administrators and their children ages 15-24. Space islimited and participants must pass a pre-course skills checklist.

Register at the main office, Suite 303, Monday, Feb. 2nd - Monday, March 9th.

$200/participant (includes cost of book)


All classes are from 5pm-10pm in the Pearson/McGonigle Halls Pools 30 and 31.
Cost: $200 (includes the Lifeguard book)

Prerequisites: Participant must be a current student or child of a Temple University student, or employee between 15 years and 24 years of age, can swim 300 yards (12 laps) continuously using front crawl and breaststroke, retrieve a 10 pound brick from a depth of 10 feet and return brick to shallow end, and tread water for three minutes.

Lifeguard Training Course Sessions:

I. Introduction and Prerequisite Test
II. Being a Professional Lifeguard
III. Injury Prevention and Facility Safety
IV. Patron Surveillance
V. Emergency Preparation
VI. Rescue Skills
VII. Breathing and Cardiac Emergencies
VIII. AED (Automated External Defibrillation)
IX. Caring for Head, Back, and Spinal Injuries in Water
X. First Aid
XI. Final Written and Practical Examination

For more information, as well as questions regarding Aquatics registration, contact Taylor Mullens, Aquatics Coordinator by phone at (215)-204-1675, or via e-mail at