Aquatics and Safety

For more information or to sign up for a course, please contact John Aust at austj@umkc.edu or 235-2796.

Certification Courses

When you understand first aid, you'll gain the ability to help those in need. Through our first aid certification classes you'll learn how to respond to specific situations, which will help you care for people in crisis as they wait for medical professionals to arrive.

CPR/AED will prepare you to recognize and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session.

Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. With our lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.

Students must pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking lifeguarding courses.

Scuba Courses (PADI)

Instructor is certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)

Discover SCUBA introduces potential divers to the weightless exhilaration of breathing underwater. It's a great way to experience what scuba diving is really like. The scuba instructor will explain the basic principles and give an overview of the scuba gear. Once participants are comfortable, they will learn basic scuba skills before going on a short discovery dive in the pool.

The skills learned during the Discover Scuba Diving experience can help participants who are interested in taking the full PADI Open Water Diver certification.

Most Discover Scuba Diving experiences are scheduled with in a two-hour time block. The fee is $30 per person and includes: use of scuba gear and the pool rental (use of diving boards).

Instructor is certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)

The most widely recognized and respected scuba diving certification in the world. Within a few classes, you can be enjoying the underwater world! Nothing compares to the weightless exhilaration of breathing underwater. If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become a scuba diver. This is part one of a two-part course.

The cost for Part One is $225 and includes: use of videos/DVDs, the use of Buoyancy Control Device, tank, regulator, weights, mask, snorkel and fins. You also can get a referral at no additional cost.

The Dive Packet, which includes Diver Manual, Recreational Dive Planner and Workbook, Adventure Logbook and Student Record Folder, may be purchased at registration for an additional $50.00.