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Aquatics at the Rec Center

Our pools are currently closed for construction and renovation, so we are not able to offer most of the programs and services we typically offer at this time.

Safety and security are top priorities. Water sports and recreation offer the fun factor in fitness, but it is very important that all our visitors follow proper aquatics safety rules for everyone's benefit. If the pool is open, our lifeguards are on duty (at least three at all times). Progressive security measures are in place, creating a comfortable and safe environment for all UofM faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. 

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Free American Heart Association BLS Certification Classes

The University of Memphis Campus Recreation Department is pleased to offer a series of FREE American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification classes throughout the year, thanks to a grant provided by Blue Cross-Blue Shield.
This offer is valid for students and Faculty/Staff only and limited spaces are available. Once you register for this class, you MUST attend. Participants who register for a class and fail to show up, arrive late, or leave before the class ends will not be able to register for future courses.
The goal of the Basic Life Support Course is to train participants to save lives of victims in cardiac arrest through high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The American Heart Association designed the BLS course to teach healthcare professionals how to perform high-quality CPR individually or as part of a team. BLS skills are applicable to any healthcare setting. BLS students will learn rescue techniques for adults, children and infants.
This course will include a combination of videos, skills practice and testing. A written test will be administered at the end of the course.
The BLS for Healthcare Providers covers core materials, including

  • Adult, child, and infant CPR, including one and two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask and other breathing barriers
  • Foreign-body airway obstruction (Heimlich maneuver) for adult, child, and infant (conscious and unconscious)
  • AED (Automated external defibrillation) on both adult and child
  • Special resuscitation situations and cardiopulmonary emergencies

BLS certification classes are available:

  • Sat., Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Fri., Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sat., Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Fri., Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sat., Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Register here>


 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses

Not available at this time.

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in or around the water! Course covers caring for victims of breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel arrive and take over. Learn to save lives!

Check back soon for dates!

Register for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training here>

For more information, call 901.678.3461 or e-mail amchism1@memphis.edu.


 

Swim the Mississippi

Not available at this time.

Log the number of laps you swim, and when you finish swimming the 24-mile section of the Mississippi River in which Memphis is located, you can win prizes! Register today for this fun swimming challenge by clicking here>

Pool hours are subject to change depending on facility hours, university holidays, or inclement weather.


 

Swim Lessons

Not available at this time.

Visit https://www.memphis.edu/campusrec/aquatics/swim-lessons.php for more information!

For more information, call 901.678.3461 or e-mail Ashley Chism.


 

American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses

Not available at this time.

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in or around the water! Course covers caring for victims of breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel arrive and take over. Learn to save lives!

Register for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training here>

 For more information, call 901.678.3461 or e-mail amchism1@memphis.edu.  



American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

Not available at this time.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress. This course is taught in the style of blended learning. This class will be broken up into online components along with the traditional classroom setting. There is approximately 7 hours of online work that must be completed before the first day of each class. Online modules will be available once the Pre-requisite skill evaluation has been completed *Pre-Requisite skills MUST be completed one week prior to the first day of class. The cost of the class is required up front before the pre requisite skills test will be given. Refunds are NOT given for those who do not meet requirements.

Pre-requisite skills include demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

  • Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4 Front Crawl, 25 yards Back Crawl, 25 yards Breaststroke, 25 yards Elementary Backstroke, 25 yards Sidestroke, 25 yards Butterfly, 15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute