Lifeguards practice CPR with mannequins on the pool deck at Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center


RecWell is proud to offer aquatic safety training through the American Red Cross. We offer lifeguard training classes, lifeguard instructor classes, and Water Safety Instructor classes. These programs are available to VCU students, members, and the Richmond community. If you have a passion for swimming and water safety, we want to teach you!

The American Red Cross is a nationally recognized provider of high-quality lifesaving classes. Red Cross certificates are accepted at most pools nationwide and can be supplemented with additional modules to meet a facility’s specific needs.

Participants in certification classes may also apply to work at RecWell after completing the class.


Spring/Summer 2024 Certifications

Program Dates Days Times Capacity Register by noon
Lifeguarding Training May 17 - May 19 24 Fri 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 10 May 10
    Sat/Sun 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    


Fall 2024 Certifications

Program Dates Days Times Capacity Register by noon
Water Safety Instructor September 10 - October 10 Tues/Thur 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 6 September 3


Refund Policy:

Refunds for certification classes must be requested at least five (5) days prior to the registration deadline shown above. A participant may request to transfer their registration to a subsequent program offering within the same registration period. Once a transfer has been approved, no further refunds, credits, or transfers will be approved for the same purchase. Refunds will not be given for absence, dismissal from class, or failure to complete prerequisites.

If you have questions about any aquatic certification classes, please contact