Certification Courses - Coastal Carolina University
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American Red Cross Certifications

Lifeguard Training

Become an ARC Lifeguard

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Course will train participants in all the skills and techniques necessary to become a professional lifeguard over the course of a weekend.  This course is intended for those who seek a certification for the first time or for those who renewing their certification.  There will be videos, demonstrations, as well as hands on experience.  The class covers equipment based on rescues, spinal injury management and post-rescue care.  Participants will also learn how to interact with the public.

     Class Offerings for Fall 2023:

September 29th- October 1st

November 3rd-5th

Typical Weekend Class Schedule:

Friday: 5-8pm

Saturday: 8am-5pm

Sunday: 8am-5pm

The first day of class, all lifeguard candidate will swim 300 years, treat water for 2 minutes without the use of hands, and complete a 10-pount brick retrieval test.  These must be successfully completed to remain in the course.  A lunch break will be given on Saturday and Sunday classes.

The class is limited to 12 participants per session.  If there is low enrollment in any program, we reserve the right to cancel the course.  If this takes place, you will be able to transfer into another course or receive a refund.  Register in advance to reserve your spot!  If you have any questions, please contact Mallory McDow at mimcdow@coastal.edu or 843-349-6586.

CCU Student/Faculty/Staff  $150
Community Members $200
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Lifeguard Candidate Letter (pdf)

Adult & Child CPR/AED/First Aid Certifications

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Fall 2023 Class

November 4th at 10am-1pm in HTC Studio 2

CCU Student/Faculty/Staff  $50
Community Members $80

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Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) Certification‌

Lifeguard Instructor Stock PhotoThe Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) certification is meant to train instructor candidates to teach Lifeguard Training including First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Management, AED Essentials, Oxygen Administration for the Professional Rescuer, Preventing Disease Transmission, Community Water Safety and Basic Water Rescue. The training prepares instructor candidates by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials and methods, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress.


  • Be at least 17 years of age by the last scheduled session of the instructor course.
  • Be currently certified as a lifeguard in good standing with the American Red Cross
  • Pass each section of the pre-course written exam with a score of 80 percent.
  • Demonstrate competency in the skills evaluation.

Spring 2024 Schedule: 

Dates TBA - All dates are required for LGI certification. 

Friday  TBA
5 p.m.-8 p.m.*
Saturday TBA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday TBA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday TBA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday TBA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Prerequisite skills testing only

Course Fees

  • CCU Students, Faculty, Staff: $200
  • Community Members: $275
  • American Red Cross Fee (all participants, non-refundable): $35

To register, contact Mallory McDow at 843-349-6586.