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.


Fall 2023 Certifications

Program Dates Days Times Capacity Register by noon
Lifeguarding Review Aug 26-Aug 27 Sat/Sun 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 10 Aug 18
Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review Sep 9-Sep10 Sat/Sun 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 10 Sep 1
Lifeguarding Sep 15-Sep 17 Fri/Sat/Sun Fri 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat/Sun 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10 Sep 8
Water Safety Instructor Sep 26-Nov 16 Tue/Thr 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 6 Sep 15
Lifeguarding Oct 27-Oct 29 Fri/Sat/Sun Fri 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat/Sun 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10 Oct 20
Lifeguarding Instructor Oct 30-Nov 10 Mon/Wed/Fri 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m 6 Oct 20


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