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If you are searching for summer employment or for a job at our DakotaDome pool as a certified lifeguard or swim instructor, 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 valid for two years.

Lifeguard Certification 

To enroll in the lifeguard 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 swim at the standards set for an American Red Cross Level 4 Swim Lesson and successfully complete the pretest skills listed below.

Lifeguard Certification Prerequisite Swimming Skills

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control & rhythmic breathing.  Candidates must swim using the front crawl and breaststroke. (goggles allowed)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • 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. (no goggles allowed)

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 partial refund.

For questions for more information, contact

How to Register

Registering for the following classes is easy.

1.  Register Online

2.  Visit room 102 at the USD Wellness Center

3.  Call 605-677-8803 with payment information.

Training Information

Lifeguard Certification

All University of South Dakota Wellness Center events have been canceled until further notice.

Date Please check back Spring 2022 for updates
**Note:  Must attend all 3 sessions.
Registration Deadline:  
Place  USD DakotaDome Pool/Room 225
Cost  $175 plus tax

Lifeguard Re-certification

**Must hold a American Red Cross Lifeguard certificate that is no more than 30 days expired to enroll. 


Please check back Spring 2022 for updates

Registration Deadline:
Place  DakotaDome Pool
Cost  $65 plus tax

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)


Please check back Spring 2022 for updates

Registration Deadline:
Place USD DakotaDome
Cost $190.00

WSI Prerequisite Swimming Skills:

  • Back float for 1 minute
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Swim the front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke for 50 yards each and the butterfly for 10 yards.

For questions for more information, contact

Name Department & Office Contact
Wendy Johnson
  • Associate Director, Wellness Center
Wellness Center 102B