Certification Courses - Coastal Carolina University
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American Red Cross Certifications

Lifeguard Training

Become an ARC LifeguardThis American Red Cross Lifeguard course will train the 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 are renewing their certification. There will be videos, demonstrations, as well as hands on experience. The class covers equipment based rescues, spinal injury management and post–rescue care. Participants will also learn how to interact with the public. 

No class offering for Spring 2023

Typical Weekend Class Schedule

Friday: 5-9 p.m.*
Saturday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

*The first day of class, all lifeguard candidates will swim 300 yards, tread water for 2 minutes without the use of hands, and complete a 10-pound brick retrieval test. These must be successfully completed to remain in the course. 

The class is limited to 12 participants per session. If there is low enrollment in any program we reserve the 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; payment to be made after successful completion of the in-water prerequisite skills test.

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

Adult & Child CPR/AED/First Aid Certifications

CPR Stock Photo

No classes being offered  Spring 2023

All classes above will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the HTC Center Studio 2.

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

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Water Safety Instructor Certification

Water Safety Instructor LogoThe Water Safety Instructor certification course will train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled session of the course. Must be able to swim at a level 4 ability for the following skills: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and side stroke for 25 yards, butterfly for 15 yards, maintain position on back for one minute in deep water (floating or sculling), and tread water for one minute.

Fall and Spring 2022

No class offering for Fall and Spring 2022

Course Fees

  • CCU Students, Faculty, Staff: $200
  • Community Members: $275

For more information, contact Jackie Cothren at 843-349-6453.

Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) Certification

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

No class offering for Spring 2023

*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 Jackie Cothren at 843-349-6453.