Instructional Programs and Certifications


Climbing Belay Clinic


Learn how to safely belay climbers. With successful completion of this course the student will be able to belay others at the UREC Rock Climbing Wall. Note this certification is only valid at UTRGV University Recreation and is required to belay others.




Spring 2019:

January 29

February 11

February 19

March 4

March 19



Time: 7 - 9 pm


EUREC Climbing Wall




Classes will be run based on 3+ people registering by the day of each clinic. 

Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim emphasizes water safety while introducing the fundamentals of swimming, stroke development, and stroke improvement for ages 4 and up. Whether you are a novice swimmer or already know how to swim, this program is fit to accommodate all non-swimming abilities. Our instructors teach in small groups of the ratio (6:1) up to four swimmers to one instructor depending on both age and skill ability.  The instructors have the ultimate discretion on which class level is best for a youth and have the right to switch a child to a higher or lower level class. American Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty during lessons.


Spring 2019 coming soon



$130 - UREC Members

$145 - UREC Non-Members

Costs cover instruction, course materials, and all necessary equipment rental unless otherwise stated. Appropriate swimwear is required for all pool sessions.


Classes are held at Edinburg University Recreation's outdoor pool.

  • Lesson Levels Descriptions

    Preschool I - 3 to 5 year olds who are new to the water will develop comfort in the water, learn water entry, bubble blowing, floating, kicking, underwater exploration and general water safety skills.

    Preschool II - Prerequisite: Able to demonstrate completion requirements of Preschool 1. 3 to 5 year olds who are very comfortable in the water will learn new skills such as combined arm and leg action on front, treading with support and general water safety skills.

    Levels 1 – 6: These classes are for children 6 - 15 years old. Children are taught to swim and improve their level of skill.

    Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

    Must be age 6 on the first day of the program in order to participate. Objectives: Supported floating on front and back, gliding, kicking, and alternating arm and leg action.

    Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

    Objectives: Unsupported float, gliding, kicking on front and back without support, combined arm action with kick on front and back, treading water without support, personal safety, and rescue skills.

    Level 3 - Stroke Development

    Prerequisites: Must be comfortable in deep water. Objectives: Front crawl with breathing to the side, coordinated back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, surface diving, treading water, personal safety, and rescue skills.

    Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

    Objectives: Improve stroke proficiency on front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, surface diving, open turns, personal safety, and rescue skills.

    Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

    Objectives: Refine front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, turns on front and back, long shallow dives and treading water. Personal safety and rescue skills are also covered.

    Level 6 - Stroke Proficiency

    Objectives: Refine all strokes to increase efficiency, power, and smoothness over great distances. Personal safety and rescue skills are also covered.

Lifeguard Certifications


The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries.


Pass a Pre-Test (TBA Dates)

Attend all course dates to complete the course


Current UTRGV Students Only

TBA 3 - 5pm EHPE1 Indoor Pool
TBA 8am - 5pm EUREC Conference Room and EHPE1 Indoor Pool

Current UTRGV Students and Non-Members or Community

TBA 3 - 5pm EHPE1 Indoor Pool
TBA 8am - 5pm EUREC Conference Room and EHPE1 Indoor Pool


UTRGV Students: $165

Non-Member or Community: $225

Payment is due PRIOR to the first class.


Pen/pencil, note pad, swimming suit, towel, goggles(optional).

  • Pre-Test Details

    In order to become a certified lifeguard you must be at least 15 years old, and you must attempt and successfully pass a pre-test. The requirements for the pre-test include:

    1. Swim 300 yards continuously, using these stokes in the following order:
      1. 100 yards of front crawl (freestyle) using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or to the front (you must swim with your head under water).
      2. 100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
      3. 100 yards of either the front crawl (freestyle) or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl (freestyle) and breaststroke.

    * There is NO time requirement for this skill; however, the participant should show that   

       he or she is comfortable in the water, and that they can swim the 300 yards using the  

       above strokes without stopping.

    1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl (freestyle) or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the  object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.