The Fitness & Recreation Center offers a number of American Red Cross courses to the UMF and broader communities.

How to Register: Full Payment is due at time of registration. Prior to the start of the course, submit to the UMF FRC front desk, 152 Quebec St. Farmington, Maine, 04938. Company registrations and payment methods can be directed to jennifer.pageot@maine.edu.

Courses Offered

Through guided instruction and hands on practice with a certified instructor, participants will gain confidence in caring for adults, children and infants. After completing all requirements of the course, participants will receive an American Red Cross adult, child and infant CPR/AED and first aid certifications valid for 2 years.This course trains participants to respond to emergencies in their communities, workplaces and homes. Participants will learn to respond and care for unconscious victims, breathing emergencies, sudden illness, bleeding, and more.

2021 Dates can be scheduled as needed by contacting Jennifer, 207-778-7437 or jennifer.pageot@maine.edu. Course offerings will be through the Blended Learning format, which requires participants to complete 2.5 hours of online course work prior the skill session.

The online course work will be emailed to participants one week prior to the first course date. All online course work must be completed prior to the in-person skill day.

Some skill sessions require strenuous physical activity. If you have a medical condition or disability or if you have any question’s regarding your ability to participate fully in this course, discuss this with your health care provider and at time of registration. Please wear comfortable clothing and avoid wearing dangling jewelry or jewelry with sharp edges.

Fee per person: $78

This course will certify qualifying participants to teach basic-level American Red Cross FA/CPR/AED courses. Participants must possess a current ARC basic-level in First aid and Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED, or equivalent certification.

Course Fee: $300

Course Dates: Call Jennifer to inquire.

This course is designed to provide the information and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. Participants will also be taught how to protect themselves while helping others. Our Basic Water Rescue course meets the State of Maine daycare/childcare provided aquatic licensing requirement.

The 4 hour course is composed of classroom and in water sessions. Eligible participants will receive an American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue certification valid for 3 years.

A minimum of 3 participants is needed to run a course. Classes are scheduled based on interest.

2021 Course Date: Postponed Until our pool is open (registration code: 260101 A)

Currently certified? Apply for a certification extension** Note, due to the current health crisis, 120-day certification extensions are available at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/120-day-certification-extension/a6R3o0000014Sws.html

Course Fee: $75

Participants will be trained to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies in and around the water. Successful completion of the course will gain participants a 2-year certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

2021 Course Date: Postponed Until our pool is open

Currently certified? Apply for a certification extension** Note, due to the current health crisis, 120-day certification extensions are available at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/120-day-certification-extension/a6R3o0000014Sws.html

To enter the course candidates must be 15 years old by the last day of the course and pass the following pre-course swimming skills:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a time event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

Waterfront Pre-course:

  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and swim 15 yards underwater retrieving three dive rings, 5 yards apart.
  • Complete a time event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

Course Fee: $200
Waterfront Option is added to end of all course above. Participants will complete the waterfront pre-course skills on day one of the course.  Additional fee: $50

A free skills evaluation is available.
Participants are encouraged to have their skills assessed prior to the pre-course, held on the first day. Once registered and paid in full, participants will receive 2 visit passes to practice build their endurance in the water and practice pre-course skills

To arrange a free skills evaluation, contact Jennifer Pageot, below.

What to expect:
The pre-course skill check is completed at the start of the first day. Participants will check in at the FRC front desk then head to the pool deck, prepared to swim.  Days are long and participants will be most successful arriving to class with a well-rested mind and body. Lunch breaks are given each day, 45 min- 1 hour. Participants should bring: 2 bathing suits and towels, snacks, water bottle and lunch plans.

Lifeguarding Review: For those holding a current certification or expired, by no more then 30 days. Participants will be trained to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies in and around the water. Successful completion of the course will gain participants an additional 2-year certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

** Note, due to the current health crisis, 120-day certification extensions are available at https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/120-day-certification-extension/a6R3o0000014Sws.html

Spring 2021 Course offerings will be scheduled once an opening date for the pool has been set. Participants are expected to apply for a 120-day certification extension at the link above.

Day one of each course above will include the pre-course swimming evaluation. Participants MUST attend day one ready to pass the pre-course and have a copy of their current certification.

Course Fee: $150
Waterfront module is added to end of a course. Participants will complete the waterfront pre-course skills on day one of the course.  Additional course fee: $25

Lifeguard participants will be trained to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies in and around the water. Successful completion of the course will gain participants a 2-year certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.

To enter the course candidates must hold a current lifeguard certification (expired no more then 30 days) and pass the following pre-course swimming skills on the first day of class:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates will place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath.

Waterfront Pre-course:

  • Swim 550 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Swim 5 yards, submerge and swim 15 yards underwater retrieving three dive rings, 5 yards apart.
  • Complete a time event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

A free skills evaluation is available.
Participants are encouraged to have their skills assessed prior to the pre-course, held on the first day. Once registered and paid in full, participants will receive 2 visit passes to practice build their endurance in the water and practice pre-course skills

To arrange a free skills evaluation, contact Jennifer Pageot, below.

2020 Dates:

  1. All courses postponed at this time. Please connect directly with Jennifer for program needs.

Course Fee: $400

All registration should go through the Aquatic Director, Jennifer Pageot. Space is limited.

A minimum of 4 candidates must be registered five (5) business days prior to the start of the course.

To enroll, each candidate must provide:

  • Proof of age (17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course) by driver’s license, state identification card, birth certificate, passport or other government-issued photo identification.
  • Proof of current certifications in Lifeguard Training, which includes CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First aid. Candidates must demonstrate pre-course skills in alignment with the r.17 Lifeguard program. Candidates are encouraged to participate in a LG review course; with registration of the LGI course, the fee is $50. Taking this course is recommended to ensure your skills are up to the standard and take a course with an instructor mindset.
  • Successfully complete online orientation prior to the first day of the course.  Online course work is sent to candidates once registration with Jennifer has occurred.  The 2.5 hours orientation to the Red Cross and 4-5 hours orientation to the Lifeguard Instructor Course must be completed 2 business days prior to the start of the course.
  • Successfully complete prerequisite Rescue Skill Scenarios:

Candidate will be expected to demonstrate victim recognition; emergency action plan (EAP) activation, including communicating with other lifeguards; successful rescue using appropriate skills; and follow-up emergency care, as needed. Participants must demonstrate the skills reflected in the r.17 Lifeguard program.

Skills that will be evaluated:

  • CPR- adult, child, infant
  • BVM use
  • AED- adult, child
  • Ventilations- adult, child, infant
  • Primary assessment- adult, child, infant
  • Entries into water
  • Approaches to victim
  • Submerged victim rescue
  • Removal from water using backboard

All online course work must be completed 2 business days prior to the start of the in-person course. Participants must bring a copy of their completed online course work certificate to the first day of class. The online course work is estimated to take between 7 and 8 hours to complete.

Course Completion:
Course completion certificates will be awarded to instructor candidates who successfully complete the pre-course session, attended every class session, successful perform all practice-teaching assignments and past the final written exam with a score of 80 percent or higher (correctly answer at least 40 of 50 questions). Candidates must also demonstrate maturity and responsibility throughout the course.

Medical Conditions or Disabilities:
Course work will include physical exercise. If you have a medical condition or disability or if you have any questions about your ability to participant fully in this course, discuss them with your physician or health-care provider and with Jennifer Pageot before the start of the course.

The Lifeguarding Instructor Review course is the required course for all Lifeguard Instructors and Instructor Trainers to re-certify.Upon successful completion of the review course, the Lifeguard Instructor or Lifeguard Instructor Trainer certification will be renewed for 2 years.

Course includes:

    • Lifeguard Program Review
    • Administrative Updates/Information
    • Written Exam
    • Skill Practice and Polish Session including in-water skills, drills and Multiple-Rescuer Response scenarios

Fee: $150

Instructors are required to bring:

Lifeguard Instructor Manual r.2017 (hard copy)

Lifeguarding Manual r.2017 (hard copy)

Current (valid) Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certificate in the r.2017 program

A swim suit, towel, and dry comfortable clothes

Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks (may be purchased at class for $15/set)

Snack, water bottle, lunch plans

A rested body and open mind

The American Red Cross LGI re-entry & crossover course is intended for previously certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors with a certification expired within the last 2 years or for instructors certified by other organizations who wish to crossover to the American Red Cross (see below for a complete list). Participants are required to complete an online course prior to attending the in person session. Upon successful completion of the course, the Lifeguard Instructor or Lifeguard Instructor Trainer certification will be renewed for 2 years.

Fee: $300

Prerequisites
Instructor candidate must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Possess one of the following basic-level Lifeguarding certifications:
    • A current basic-level American Red Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification.
    • An equivalent certification from another organization.
  • Possess one of the following:
    • Documentation of previous American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED instructor
      certification (expired no more than 2 years).
    • Documentation of current external credentials showing that the individual successfully completed a
      formalized lifeguarding instructor course with one of the following organizations:
      Canadian Red Cross—Lifeguarding Instructor
      YMCA—Lifeguarding Instructor
      International Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program
      (Ellis & Associates)–Lifeguard instructor
      Boy Scouts of America (BSA)—either Aquatics instructor or BSA Lifeguard instructor
      Starfish Aquatics Institute—StarGuard Instructor
      Lifesaving Society of Canada—Lifesaving Instructor
      Royal Life Saving Society of the United Kingdom—Lifesaving Instructor
      United States Lifesaving Association—Open Water Lifeguard Instructor
  • Have successfully completed the online Introduction to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding
    Instructor Course.
  • Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor’s Manual (print), Lifeguarding Manual (print or digital) and American
  • Red Cross Lifeguarding DVD set and/or Lifeguarding Course Presentation before the course.
  • Go to the Red Cross Learning Center (Redcrosslearningcenter.org), Instructor Candidate Resources
    section. Printed versions can

Certification Requirements
Instructor candidates must successfully:

  • Complete the online prerequisite course.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in skills.
  • Participate in all course sessions, including one practice-teaching assignment.
  • Complete the instructor course written exam with a score of at least 80 percent (20 correct answers
    out of 25 questions).

Candidates are required to bring a:

  • Lifeguard Instructor Manual r.2017 (hard copy) (available for purchase for $40)
  • Lifeguarding Manual r.2017 (hard copy) (available for purchase for $35)
  • Proof of expired Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certificate
  • A swim suit, towel, and dry comfortable clothes
  • Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks (available for purchased at class for $15/set)
  • Snack, water bottle, lunch plans
  • A rested body and open mind

This course is dedicated to developing the skills and knowledge that is needed to plan and teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program.This course is not designed to teach basic-level swimming skills.

Course Prerequisites:
To participant in the Water Safety Instructor course, candidates must be at least 16 years old by the last day of the course. Please bring proof of age to the first day (driver’s license or birth certificate).

Participants must demonstrate the following skills at the pre-course at the start of the first class day:

Water Safety Instructor Full Course

1.Swim the following strokes consistent with the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Level 4 Stroke Performance Criteria:

  • Front Crawl-25 yards
  • Back Crawl- 25 yards
  • Breaststroke- 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke- 25 yards
  • Sidestroke- 25 yards
  • Butterfly- 15 yards

2. Maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).

3. Tread water for 1 minute.

A free skills evaluation is available.
Participants are encouraged to have their skills assessed prior to the pre-course, held on the first day. Once registered and paid in full, participants will receive 2 visit passes to practice build their endurance in the water and practice pre-course skills.

To arrange a free skills evaluation, contact Jennifer Pageot, below.

Spring 2021 Course offerings will be scheduled once an opening date for the pool has been set.

  1. Courses are currently postponed. Connect directly with Jennifer for your program needs.

Course Fee: $400

Course Completion:
Course completion certificates will be awarded to instructor candidates who: successfully complete the pre-course session, attended every class session, successful perform all practice-teaching assignments and past the final written exam with a score of 80 percent or higher (correctly answer at least 40 of 50 questions). Candidates must also demonstrate maturity and responsibility throughout the course.

Medical Conditions or Disabilities:
Course work will include physical exercise. If you have a medical condition or disability or if you have any questions about your ability to participant fully in this course, discuss them with your physician or health-care provider and with Jennifer Pageot before the start of the course.

For Aquatics / Pool info, contact:

Jennifer Pageot
Assistant Director, Fitness & Recreation Center
Manager of Aquatics & Health and Safety Educator
jennifer.pageot@maine.edu
tel 207-778-7437


Contact Us

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine at Farmington
152 Quebec Street
Farmington, ME 04938
tel  207-778-7495
fax 207-778-7202
umffrc@maine.edu