Certifications + Training

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Lifeguard Training

All RecWell Lifeguards must be certified through the American Red Cross Lifeguard Program. We offer the full Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course as well as a Red Cross Lifeguard Review course for those already certified.


Minimum age: 15; swim 300 yards continuously; tread water for 2 minutes using only legs; complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on back to return to the starting point.

Class Description: 

Provide entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. Participants who successfully complete the lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid 2 years.

Lifeguard Certification Course:

Next course offering: February 7-11

This course is for those interested in becoming certified as a lifeguard for the first time. The class is approximately 24 hours spread out over multiple days and includes an online blended learning portion to be done prior to the class start date. 
Cost for RecWell Employees - $100.00
Cost for Non-RecWell Employees - $200.00
$100 Refund will be given to class participants who are hired as RecWell Lifeguards after becoming certified! 

Click here to register.

Lifeguard Review Course:

This course is not offered at this time.

To register for an upcoming course or for more information about lifeguard courses, please email Bryna McElligott, [email protected].

CPR/AED and First Aid Training

We offer CPR/AED and First Aid training through American Red Cross (CPR Professional Rescuers Certification). All classes hybrid (part online, part in-person). The in-person component last up to two hours.

Classes are offered every month, and the calendar will be updated by the close of the current month for next month.

Please inquire about registering for a certification course at least 5 days in advance. A reply will be sent back within 48 hours

CPR and First Aid training is required for all RecWell employees.


RecWell Employees Free
Non-RecWell Employees $100


To register please send a certification email to [email protected] and include your:

  • Full Name
  • Student/Employee ID#
  • If a Recreation and Wellness employee, please provide:
    • Job title
    • Manager name
  • Class Date

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Group Fitness Instructor Training

Above Barre Instructor Certification

This Barre workshop will have a Master Barre Class that all members can participate in. Then the instructor workshop will follow immediately afterwards.

  • When: Sunday March 26 (registration closes March 19)
  • Time: 9:15am-7pm
  • Where: RecWell

Contact Alena Flowers at [email protected] to register.

Stages Cycle Instructor Training

  • When: Saturday, April 1
  • Time: 8am-4pm
  • Where: RecWell

Contact Ben Kohler at [email protected] to register.

Les Mill Body Combat Certification

  • When: May 13 & 14
  • Time: Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-3pm
  • Where: RecWell

Contact Alena Flowers at [email protected] for more information about pricing, scholarship opportunities, and to register.

General GFIT Instructor Training: Check back for new offerings 

GFit instructor training is a 6-week training program designed to give students the required knowledge and skill sets to help pass the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor Exam and safely and effectively lead HIIT group fitness classes at University Recreation and Wellness. 

Cost: $100 (Includes Prep Course and First Aid/CPR certification but study materials or exam voucher must be purchased separately)

Personal Training Program

Spring 2023: February 6th-April 5th

The Personal Training Prep Course is an 8-week training program designed to give students the required knowledge and skill sets to help pass the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Training Exam and safely and effectively lead personal training sessions at a variety of facilities and fitness levels.

Schedule (in person classes at RecWell) 

  • Monday/Wednesday 4:15pm-5:30pm

Cost: $100 (Includes First Aid/CPR certification but study materials or exam voucher must be purchased separately)

Register Here

Questions- contact Nate Kubik, [email protected]

Upcoming CPR / First Aid Training