Office of Student Life

Recreational Sports

Safety Training and Certifications

Student Life Recreational Sports offers American Red Cross Safety Training Courses for students, staff, and the general public. These trainings provide the skills necessary to create a safe school, work, and home environment. 

For the 2022-2023 year we are not offering any classes outside of our own student employees.

For questions regarding safety training please contact James Berry.

Lifeguard Training (Currently Not Offered)

This training teaches the skills necessary to guard at an aquatic facility. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguarding and First Aid Training certifications. Students must attend all classes in order to receive the certifications. Participants must complete the Lifeguarding Training Prerequisites on the first day of class. The Course Fact Sheet is located at the top of this page.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Lifeguard Training Prerequisite

The first class will consist of the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation. Satisfactory completion of the skills must be achieved to take the course and become certified. If not satisfactorily completed, the participant will not be able to continue in the course and a program credit may be issued.

 The prerequisite swimming skills evaluation consists of:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a
    combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


Length of class: ~26 hours total

Cost: Members: $175; Non-Members: $200

Lifeguard Instructor Training (Currently Not Offered)

This course prepares instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Once authorized, Lifeguard Instructors may teach:

  • Basic-level Lifeguarding
  • Waterfront Lifeguarding
  • Waterpark Lifeguarding
  • Shallow Water Attendant
  • Lifeguard Management
  • CPR/AED for Lifeguards
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission
  • Basic Water Rescue
  • GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow
  • Water Safety presentations

Prerequisites: Be at least 17-years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course. Successfully complete the pre-course session. This includes passing the pre-course written exam with a score of 80% or higher for each of three sections and demonstrating competency in the pre-course skills and scenario evaluation. Skills include but are not limited to entries, approaches, rescues and after-care.

Length of Class: ~ 26 Hours

Cost: Members: $200; Non-Members: $225


Water Safety Instructor (Currently Not Offered)
Includes Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) The WSI course provides instructor candidates the necessary skills to teach the American Red Cross (ARC) Parent and Child Program, 3 levels of Preschool Aquatics, 6 levels of the Learn-to-Swim program, Longfellows Whales Tales and Basic Water Rescue. All ARC instructor candidates must take FIT. Attendance is required at all sessions (no exceptions.) This is the required certification for swim instructors at all Dublin Community Pools.


  1. Minimum age of 16 at the end of the class (proof of age must be brought to the first class).
  2. Successfully complete 25 yards of the following six strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and butterfly.
  3. Demonstrate ability to float and tread water.

Cost: Members: $180; Non-Members: $225

*Participants will be given 30-minute break for lunch/dinner.  

Certified Pool Operator Course (Currently Not Offered)

CPO® certification courses are designed to provide individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques and skills of pool and spa operations. The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972.

The CPO® certification program requires participation in a two-day class (14-16 hours) taught by a certified instructor. The CPO® certification program includes pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment and government requirements. The CPO® certification is valid for five years.

Length of Class (Fusion): ~8 Hours. 

With the Fusion course, an online portion must be completed before you arrive. Approximate time of this online course is seven hours. You will receive information on how to access the online course once you register.  

Cost: Members: $275; Non-members: $340

Cost (Fusion): Member $350; Non-members: $390


Scuba (Currently Not Offered)

This course prepares candidates to become certified divers. It is two-thirds of the certification process (classroom, pool/confined water training dives and open water training dives). This course just fulfills the requirements for classroom and pool/confined water training, not the open water training dives; completion of this course alone WILL NOT certify you in scuba.

Cost: Member: $150; Non-Member: $200