Whether you want to swim laps, climb 
the rock wall, zip line across the pool, or play water volleyball,
you can do it all at the Student Aquatic Center. And, if you need to relax and unwind, hop into the hot tub. Best of all, it’s all free for students.

Aquatic Center Reservations

The party room next to the pool deck is available for exclusive use for 2-hours with a reservation. Food and beverages are available for catering as well.

Training Available at the Student Aquatic Center

This hands-on skills training prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children, and infants. You will also learn how to safely use an AED to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. 

Participants will learn to recognize and respond to other emergencies including those related to heat and cold, sudden illnesses, cuts, scrapes, muscle, bone, and joint injuries. Each class is limited to 10 participants. Early registration is recommended since courses with low registration may end up being cancelled. 

The course is $50 for students and $70 for non-students. 

For information about course dates and times, contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290 or csierman@semo.edu. 

This course uses American Red Cross instruction to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. You will learn to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel take over. 

There are a few course prerequisites: 

  • Be at least 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled session of the course. 
  • Be able to 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. 
  • The ability to tread water for two minutes using only the legs and keep the head above the surface of the water. 
  • Starting in the water, be able to swim 20 yards, surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Participants must return to the surface and swim 20 yards on their back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keep the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates may not swim the distance under water. You must be able to exit the water without using a ladder or steps. This is a timed event and must be completed in 1 minute, 40 seconds. 

The course is $175 for students and $200 for non-students. 

To find out the course dates and times and to set up a time to complete the course pre-requisites prior to the beginning of the course, contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290 or csierman@semo.edu

If your current CPR/AED, First Aid, and/or your Lifeguard Certification(s) are about to expire, please contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290 or email at csierman@semo.edu to schedule a recertification course. 

Basic CPR/AED and First Aid 
  • Students: $40 
  • Non-Students: $60 

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer 

  • Students: $50 
  • Non-Students: $70

Lifeguard Recertification 

  • Students: $100 
  • Non-Students: $120

The purpose of this course is to teach those with a duty to act (professional rescuers and health care providers) the knowledge and skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies. This includes the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to care for a victim experiencing cardiac arrest. This course goes more in-depth into breathing and cardiac emergencies than the Basic CPR/AED course. This course is a higher-level certification compared to the Basic CPR/AED certification. 

The course is $75 for students and $100 for non-students. 

To find out the course dates and times contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290 or csierman@semo.edu.

This course uses American Red Cross instruction to train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended Learning, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training courses and/or modules. This course prepares instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluates the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. It is taught as a blended learning course, which must be set up at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of class. This allows class participants time to receive the information to register and complete the required online content before attending the in-person sessions.  

There are some course prerequisites: 

  • Be at least 17 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course. 
  • Possess one of the following: 
    • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED 
    • A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid and either an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for Lifeguards. 
    • An equivalent certificate from another organization. 
    • Successful completion of the Online Session for the Lifeguard Instructor course, which consists of the following: 
      • Orientation to the American Red Cross 
      • Orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course and Pre-course Exam 
      • Successful demonstration of competency in the Pre-course Session. 

The cost of the course is $350 for students and $375 for non-students. 

To find out the course dates and times and to set up your online session contact Chad Sierman at (573) 651-2290 or csierman@semo.edu.

Swimming lessons are available to students and non-students. You can sign up online to take 1, 5, or 10 sessions.
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