Aquatics Program

Lifeguard Certification

Lifeguard certification now offered on the GAC campus

Lifeguard certification courses are for individuals who have never taken a lifeguard certification class before. If you are already a certified lifeguard and need to renew your certification, we offer recertification classes. Only individuals who have never held a lifeguard position before or who do not currently have a valid lifeguard certification are eligible for this particular class. This training course is open to everyone. All candidates must at least meet the minimum requirements.
If you have any questions please contact Emily Bos. 

Lifeguard Certification Classes & Information

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  • Spring 2019 - March 15-17

    15 and olderFriday5 p.m. - 9 p.m.$210Freeman Aquatics Center
    Saturday8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sunday12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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  • Course pre-requisites

    1. Swim a continuous 300 yards using freestyle, breaststroke, or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. 
    2. Demonstrate the ability to successfully retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water successfully. 
    3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits. 
    4. Participants that are able to successfully complete all aspects of the lifeguard course for the professional rescuer will receive an American Red Cross Certificate, which is valid for 2 years. The certificate will indicate that participants have successfully received and completed the Lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid course for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
  • Skills aquired upon completion of course:

    • First Aid Skills/CPR/AED Skills 
    • Effective Scanning/Surveillance Techniques 
    • Injury Prevention 
    • Victim Recognition 
    • Professional Rescue Skills 
    • Emergency Breathing Skills 
    • Implementing Emergency Action Plans 
    • Basic Water Rescue Skills 
    • Facility Safety 
    • Cardiac Emergencies 
    • Preventative Lifeguard Training 
    • Shallow Water Rescue 
    • Deep Water Rescue 
    • Head, Neck or Back Injury Skills 
    • Communication Skills 
    • Teamwork
Aquatics Program Director & Head Swim Coach ​

Emily graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Physical Education. She brings a high-level of experience to GAC as she builds the aquatics program. Emily was a four-year member of the Auburn University swim team; she is a 17-time All American and a 2-time Olympic time trial qualifier. 

Emily is excited with the prospect of building a stellar aquatics program, "GAC has been blessed with an exceptional swim facility. We will begin working with the P.E. program by offering swim lessons to students as part of their daily class. I am excited to see how the students will improve over the years with this new program. Students will develop not only swimming skills, but will learn how to be safe in the water. Hopefully, this will ignite student interest and will expand our swim teams."