If you are searching for summer employment or for a job at our DakotaDome pool as a certified lifeguard, look to the Wellness Center to help you get certified! You must be at least 15 years old and pass swimming requirements to receive your certification. Classes include video, group discussion and hands-on practice.

Lifeguard Certification is good for two years. Current certified Lifeguards can renew their certification at our Lifeguard Renewal Course. This class is offered annually in the spring. If you have any questions, please email Wendy Johnson, (Wendy.Johnson@usd.edu).

To enroll in the Lifeguarding Course you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled session, unless pre-authorized. To participate in the course you must be able to complete the pretest skills (see below).

Training Session Information

Lifeguard Certification


March 22 - 6-9 p.m.
March 24 - 6-9 p.m.
March 25 - 8-5 p.m.
March 26 - 8-5 p.m.
** Participants must attend all four sessions.

Registration Deadline Wednesday, March 8
Place USD DakotaDome Pool
Cost $175 (plus tax)

Lifeguard Recertification


Session I:  Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session II:  Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration Deadline Friday, March 10
Place  USD DakotaDome Pool
Cost $65 (plus tax)

Register Online

Prerequisite Swimming Skills

  • 300 yard continuous swim (100 front crawl using rhythmic breathing, 100 yards breast stroke using pull-breathe-kick-glide sequence, and 100 yards of either front crawl or breast stroke).
  • Timed Event: Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breast stroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 lb brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with the brick, exit the water using the ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Please note: If is determined that you do not have the necessary swimming ability to pass this course, you will not receive the lifeguard certification and will receive a refund of $110.