Upenn Recreation

Certification Courses

We offer a range of certifications to meet the needs of the Penn Community. For questions regarding any Aquatics Programming please contact Katie Gold.

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  • Lifeguard Certification  

    Participants are welcome to sign up for the Campus Recreation American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program. To be enrolled in this course students must be at least 15 years old, be able to swim 300 yards continuously and retrieve a 10 pound brick from 14 feet of water. The purpose of the LG Training course is to provide entry level participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services arrive.

    Students must attend every class session within the course, missing one or more class sessions will result in an incomplete with no money refunded. If there is an extenuating circumstance, the instructors may be flexible with make-up time/course work, but this should be communicated to the instructors well in advance of both sign-up and the start of the course.

    A re-certification course will be offered to participants who need to renew their American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification.  Students of this course are expected to have intimate and working knowledge of all in-water skills and academic concepts.

    Upon successful completion of either course, each participant will receive certifications for Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for professional rescuers and First Aid. This certification is valid for 2 years.

    The digital version of the manual used in this class can be accessed for free here.

    The cost of the full class will be $300 for members/students, $325 for non-members, and $125/$150 for re-certifications only. The class must have a minimum of 4 people enrolled to take place and there may be a mandatory orientation, if deemed necessary by the instructors, however this will be communicated to the class in advance.

    Refunds will not be given due to class failure.

    Up-Coming Full Certification: TBD please email kngold@upenn.edu to receive notice for the next scheduled class.

  • Lifeguard Re-Certification  

    This course is aimed towards former lifeguards whose certifications are expiring. Those taking the class will be expected to have full knowledge of in-water skills, CPR/AED, First Aid, and all other criteria covered in full certification classes. All in water skills and written tests must be passed in order to achieve re-certification. Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions.  Refunds will not be given due to class failure.

    Re-Certification Session: TBD

  • Scuba Certification 

    Participants of all levels are welcome to sign up for the Campus Recreation Scuba program.  Clients are introduced to Scuba Diving skills through a series of dives in the Sheerr Pool and academic sessions in a classroom setting. Academic sessions include introduction to dive theory, covering such topics as physics, physiology, underwater environment and equipment.  Students passing the requirements will be prepared and eligible to complete their open water dives to receive certification as PADI Open Water divers.

    The price is $400 for members/students, $425 for non-members, and includes:  pool and academic instruction, dive manual, log book, mask, fins, snorkel.  A mandatory orientation is required to participate and open water dives are not included. The class must have a minimum of 2 people enrolled to take place.

    Upcoming Course: TBD


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Registration Information

A Penn Affiliation is required to enroll in our Scuba Certification Course and an active PennCard is required a the time of registration. Registration can be done online or through the Membership Services Office. For assistance with registration please call 215-898-6100.

Refund Policy 

If PennRec cancels a course, participants will be offered the choice of transferring to another course or receive a full refund. If a participant chooses not to take a class that is not cancelled, the participant is not eligible for a refund.


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