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At Missouri Southern we offer several certification from our Aquatics program:

Lifeguard Certification

Registration Deadline: Complete

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MSSU Employees/Students: $200
Community: $225

This class will cover the American Red Cross Lifeguarding skills for certification.

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  • A 300-yards non-stop swim (demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing)(no time limit)
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs (hands must be placed in underarms)
  • Starting in water, swim our 20-yards; retrieve a 10-lb rubber brick from 7'-10'; swim back to starting point with both hands holding brick; place brick on deck; climb out of pool without using the ladder steps (1:45 time limit)

Water Safety Instructor

This course covers the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor skills for certification. Successful completion of this course certifies the participant to teach swim lessons, Water Safety, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, and a host of other courses.

  • Front Crawl - 25 yards
  • Back Crawl - 25 yards
  • Breaststroke - 25 yards
  • Elementary Backstroke - 25 yard
  • Sidestroke - 25 yards
  • Butterfly - 15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1-minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1-minute

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MSSU Employees/Students & Military: $225

Community: $250

Lifeguard Instructor Certification

This class will cover the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor skills for certification. Enrollees will participate in classroom instruction (land & water), skills tests, and written exams. Successful completion of this course certifies the participant to teach Lifeguarding, Aquatic Management, and CPR/AED/1st Aid for Professional Rescuers & Healthcare Providers, as well as a host of other courses. Price includes all required text(s), teaching tools, and certification cards.

Spring 2017


  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a current American Red Cross Lifeguard certification
  • Successfully complete the following swim tests:
  • A 300 yard swim using breaststroke & freestyle without stopping
  • tread water for 2 minutes without the use of hands
  • perform a timed brick retrieval
  • Successfully complete the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course, which consists of the following:
  • Orientation on the American Red Cross
  • Orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course
  • Lifeguarding Instructor Pre-course Exam
  • Successfully perform multiple water rescue and CPR scen

*To be eligible for certification as a lifeguard instructor, you must attend all class sessions, demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities, and pass the final written exam with at least 80 percent.


MSSU Student/Employee:  $450
Community Members:  $500

Certified Pool Operator

When: TBA

Where: MSSU Campus- Billingsly Student Center (Rm.314)

Instructor: TBA

For more information: 417-625-9693

 To register:  Registration for this course has passed. Please check back at a later date.


The CPO® certification program can be taken as a two-day class that covers 14-16 hours of information from the NSPF® Pool & Spa Operator™ Handbook and local codes taught by a certified NSPF® Instructor. This dynamic setting offers direct interaction with an instructor and fellow students. Pass the open book exam and earn CPO® certification.

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