American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training

Join us to learn how to teach Lifeguard Training:

  • Develop your understanding of lifeguarding techniques and principles
  • Effectively use materials and equipment to conduct an engaging course
  • Learn how to monitor participants’ practice and give positive, corrective feedback

SUMMER SESSION: Online Training Information and precourse skills will be reviewed July 21, 5:00-6:00pm at the Cary Street Gym Wet Classroom

Online training MUST be completed before class begins
Classroom and Water Skill Training dates at the Cary Street Gym: 10:00am-6:00pm August 4-7



  • Successfully complete the online session for the instructor before training
  • Bring your completion certificate to instructor trainer
  • Successfully complete the American Red Cross prerequisites for Lifeguard Training
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • Successfully complete rescue skill scenarios based on lifeguarding, first aid and CPR & AED on
  • Desire to teach
  • Positive attitude
  • Purchase American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor’s Manual and Lifeguard Training Participant’s manual before training


To successfully complete the course and receive American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification you must complete the above prerequisites, attend the entire course, participate in class, complete lesson plans, complete 4 practice teaches, and successfully complete the written test.

Tree Climbing

Climb around in trees with certified arborists and tree care experts right here in Richmond. Instructors will teach climbers the techniques that professional arborist use for ascending into the tree, limb walking, and descending. Choose from high-ropes challenges like vertical climbs, limb walks, high-elevation ziplines, canopy rope bridges, plunging tree swings and much more as you see gorgeous views of the James River from high in the tree canopy. The staff of recreation professionals and expert climbers will provide all the encouragement, coaching and care climbers need to move beyond their initial comfort zone and realize the rewards of accomplishment.

Cost: Student: $25, F/S/A/+1: $30
Dates: Sunday July 13; Sunday August 10
Location: TBA
Difficulty: Beginner

July Intramural Sports

Ready to play sports this July? Register starting next Monday (6/23) either as a whole team or as a free agent (Free Agent’s should email Bob at to be placed on the list).

Entry forms are available at the service desk at both the Cary Street Gym and the MCV Campus Recreation and Aquatic Center. 

Intramural sports to choose from are:
Indoor Soccer (6)
Volleyball (4)
Under 6’/Over 6’ Basketball (5)
Racquetball Singles
Tennis Singles

Registration: 6/23-7/2 (at either facility)




Bouldering Weekend

Spend the weekend climbing in Virginia! OAP with VCU RecSports is on a bouldering mission this June in this exciting and challenging 2 day bouldering trip.

Dates: June 21-22

The first morning will be teaching or reviewing basic bouldering skills and spotting techniques. Then for the rest of the weekend we will be climbing away and working on our own exciting bouldering projects.

Cost: Student: $44; Staff/+1: $50
Location: TBA
Difficulty: Intermediate

Head over to the Outing Rental Center or call (804) 828-6004 to sign up today or hear more information about this awesome trip!

OAP Weekly Activities

This summer, there’s something fun to do EVERY day of the week. Take advantage of these free weekly activities and get in on the adventure with your friends. All you need to do is call the Outing Rental Center to let them know you’re coming! (804) 828-6004

Mondays: Stand Up Paddleboarding

Tuesdays: Kayak Pool Clinic (no registration needed!)

Wednesdays Climbing Skills Clinic and Kayak River Clinic
Climbing Clinic 5/21-8/13
Kayak Clinic 5/21-8/13

Thursdays: Mountain Biking

Fridays Rafting on the James

For more information about each of these activities, visit the OAP Page on the RecSports website.

Day Raft on the James

Come whitewater rafting on the James River with your friends and the RecSports OAP! We will be spending the day rafting just a few steps away from downtown Richmond. All experience levels welcome and encouraged! Don’t miss out on this awesome day trip this summer!

Dates: Sunday, June 8; Sunday June 22; Sunday, July 20, & Sunday, August 10
Cost: Student: $22; Faculty/Staff: $27; +1: $31
(Cost includes transportation and equipment)
Location: James River through Richmond


Come see us at the Outing Rental Center for more details!

ARC Lifeguard Training Certification Course

There’s one more Spring Session of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification Course! Learn the skills necessary to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies as well as increase your critical thinking and decision making skills.


When: May 12-16
Monday-Thursday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-2:00pm

Where: Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center

How: Register by going to the service desk at either the Cary Street Gym or the MCV Campus Aquatic and Recreation Center


  • successfully complete the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training prerequisites for Lifeguard Training
  • swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  • tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds
  • positive attitude
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training participant’s manual (Personal computers or other electronic devices are not allowed in the classroom).

Students must attend all scheduled class times. Minimum of 8 people to offer the course. Maximum of 20 people in the course.



Outing Rental Center-Spring Time Rentals!

Have you ever noticed the little red brick building beside the Cary Street Gym? Well if you didn’t know before, that is the VCU Outing Rental Center and also headquarters for the Outdoor Adventure Program! The Outing Rental Center offers low rental rates on items such as backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, coolers, canoes and volleyball sets. We also have books, maps, videos, and trail guides covering a variety of areas and activities. Anyone with a current VCU ID may participate.

Springtime in Richmond, VA is a great time to get outside and explore exactly what this city has to offer. The James River is at your fingertips and offers many different options for outdoor fun. Whether your sitting on a towel on the rocks of Belle Isle and need a cooler for your lunch or you want to canoe down the calmer parts of the river, the ORC has what you need and at an affordable student rate! The VCU Rec Sports website has more information about specific rental prices.

The Outing Rental Center is located at 130 South Linden Street. It is on the east end of the Cary Street Field, and across from the Cary Street Gym.