Lifeguard Review w/ Optional Waterfront Course

This course is for those who currently hold a certification. Optional Waterfront participants should add 4 hours of class time.

2017 Dates

  1. Fri. – Sun. March 31, April 1 & 2 9a-4pm
  2. Fri. – Sun. May 19-21 9a-4pm

$27 (see registration directions) + UMF Fitness & Recreation Center Members: $130/ non-members $160

Through a combination of online course work  (~7.5 hours) and in-person skills work (~13hours), participants will become re-certified as American Red Cross Lifeguards.

All online course work must be completed 2 business days prior to the start of the in-person course.
Participants must bring a copy of their completed online course work certificate to the first day of class. The online course work is estimated to take between 7 and 8 hours to complete.

Lifeguard participants will be trained to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies in and around the water. Successful completion of the course will gain participants a 2-year certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

To enter the course candidates must hold a current lifeguard certification and pass the following pre-course swimming skills on the first day of class:

  • 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.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates will place their hands under their armpits.
  • 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.

A free skills evaluation is available.
Participants are encouraged to have their skills assessed prior to the pre-course, held on the first day. Once registered and paid in full, participants will receive 2 visit passes to practice build their endurance in the water and practice pre-course skills

To arrange a free skills evaluation, contact Jennifer Pageot, below.

How to Register (2 step process)

Step 1: TBA, Feb 2017. The ARC is releasing a revised lifeguard training program. Check back for more information.


Step 2: Register for the in-person course directly through the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center

Registration Form (pdf)

Send the completed registration form to Jennifer Pageot at the address (or via email ) at the bottom of the page.

Unless the course is cancelled, refunds will not be given for the online course portion. Participants who do not pass the pre-course skill work will be refunded only the fee paid to the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center. Participants who do not meet course requirements or withdraw from the course on or after the first day, are not eligible for a refund.

Contact Jennifer Pageot, below.

For Aquatics / Pool info, contact:

Jennifer Pageot
Assistant Director, Fitness & Recreation Center
Manager of Aquatics & Program Supervisor
tel 207-778-7437

Contact Us

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine at Farmington
152 Quebec Street
Farmington, ME 04938
tel 207-778-7495
fax 207-778-7202