Deacon Guard

Lifeguard Certification

  • Lifeguard Certification Description

    Course Description

    The American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over.


    • Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 300 yards continuously
    • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
    • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds by starting in the water, swimming 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point, exit the water without using steps or a ladder.

    Participants who successfully complete the Lifeguarding course receive an American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, valid for 2 years.

  • Registration Instructions & Pricing

    Registration Instructions

    WFU Students/Faculty/Staff can register online at deaconrec.wfu.edu.

    Community members registration email or call Karen Horton, hortonka@nullwfu.edu 336-758-5838 and provide a call-back number.

    For program questions email aquatics@nullwfu.edu.


    Total cost of instruction and a provided pocket mask is $250.

  • Spring 2023 Offerings

    All session days and times of a class must be attended in full to be eligible for certification.

    February Class
    2/22 4p-9p
    2/23 4p-9p
    2/25 8a-6p

    March Class
    3/15 4p-9p
    3/16 4p-9p
    3/18 8a-6p

    April Class
    3/31 4p-8p
    4/1 8a-5p
    4/2 8a-3p

    May Class
    5/9 4p-9p
    5/10 4p-9p
    5/13 8a-6p

    June Class
    6/13 8a-3p
    6/14 8a-3p
    6/15 9a-3p


SCUBA Certification

  • SCUBA Course Description

    This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. Upon successful completion you will obtain the SSI Open Water Diver certification which lasts a lifetime.

    This course includes all instruction, equipment rentals, certification fees, and checkout dives.

    Wake Forest students/staff/faculty may register online at deaconrec.wfu.edu.  Community members can email aquatics@nullwfu.edu to register.

    Course Fee: $565

    More information about the SSI Open Water Diver, CLICK HERE.

    You can watch an introductory video HERE.

  • Session Offerings

    Spring 2023 Offerings

    Offering #1
    Fri Mar 31 (5pm to 7pm)- orientation, swim evaluation
    Fri Apr 14 (4pm to 8pm)- review, exam, pool
    Fri Apr 21 (4pm to 8pm)- pool