Lifeguard Certification

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. Participant (or parent/guardian if participant is under age 18) must sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form prior to participation. You will receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class. The SDC is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please do not leave valuables unattended.

The COVID-19 Visitor Symptom Tracking Form is required to be completed by all participants before every class session. Masks are required on the pool deck but not permitted in the water while swimming. Masks are also required in the locker room except for showering. Space will be provided for personal items on the pool deck. Class size is limited. 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course

This course has been cancelled.

Earn your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification in this 3-day intensive training course located at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool. The certification includes Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications and all training materials. All participants must be 15 years of age or older by the first date of the course (documentation required). Required water skills include the ability to swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for 2 minutes, and complete a timed event in which participants retrieve a 10 pound brick from a depth of 7-10 feet and swim 20 yards with the object. Online training prerequisites must be completed by the first day of classroom instruction. Instructor will contact class participants with online course information and directions. Class size is limited to 10 participants.


December 4 - 4-8pm, December 5 - 8am-6pm, December 6 - 8am-5pm


$110 per participant 

Deadline to register: November 27, at 11:59pm

American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course

This course has been cancelled.

Need to get re-certified? Sign up now for the Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course. This course includes Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED re-certification. The instructor will contact the class with additional course information and directions. Participants must have a Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification that has expired no more than 30 days prior to the final day of the course. Class size is limited to 10 participants. CPR mask and whistle not included. Supply purchase is available through the ticket office. 


December 12 - 8am-12pm, 2-8pm


$55 per participant 

Deadline to register: December 5, 2020, at 11:59pm


SDC Pool

The Student Development Complex lap pool and dive tank are licensed by the State of Michigan and inspected by the Western U.P. District Health Department. Accordingly, the water is analyzed and the temperature is taken daily. The temperature fluctuates between 81-87 degrees and this will depend on the pool usage, outside temperature and water flow rate. The water is replenished automatically due to water lost through splash, backwashing of sand filters and evaporation. This new cool water intake will not be 81 degrees until it is well mixed into the existing pool water.

Temporary, Part-Time Lifeguard Positions

Michigan Tech Recreation is also actively seeking to hire temporary, part-time Red Cross certified lifeguards at the SDC. Apply online today.