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Lifeguard Certification


Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. Participants (or parent/guardian if the participant is under age 18) must sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form prior to participation. The SDC is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please do not leave valuables unattended.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Blended Learning Course

Earn your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification in this 4-day intensive training course located at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool. The certification includes Lifeguard/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. The instructor will contact class participants with online course information and directions. Class size is limited. Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, for more information.

April 18-21, 2024 

Registration opens March 15, 8:00 am.



  • Thursday, April 18, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, April 19, 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 20, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 21, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


$200 per participant

Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, with any questions.

Deadline to register: April 5, at 11:59 pm

American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Course

Future dates TBA

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. 




$100 per participant 

Deadline to register: TBA


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 new heating system keeps the water at a constant 82-83 degrees.

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.

About the Aquatics Manager

Ann Bengry, Aquatics Manager

Ann Bengry comes to Michigan Tech from Saginaw Valley State University, where she served as the Assistant Swimming and Diving coach for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons. At SVSU, Annie led the sprint group and coordinated the Cardinal Aquatic Swim Lessons program. Annie attended Saint Leo University, where she served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams from 2015-2018. While earning her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Business, she helped assist in coaching multiple All-American student-athletes and guided several student-athletes to national qualifying performances. 

Prior to Saint Leo, Annie, a native of Marquette, MI, served as a volunteer coach for Northern Michigan University’s Women’s Swim Team while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science. 

A former collegiate swimmer and diver, Annie also trained for three years as an Olympic weightlifter at the US Olympic Training Site at Northern Michigan University. Annie has also served as a swim coach, lifeguard, swim instructor, and aquatics assistant at the YMCA of Marquette County and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. She is a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor® and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor® Trainer.