Month: March 2024

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Blended Learning Course

Registration is now open! Earn your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification April 18-21 at the Michigan Tech SDC Pool.

This four-day intensive training course includes Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certifications and all training materials.

All participants must be 15 years of age or older by the first date of the course (documentation required). Required water skills include the ability to swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for two minutes, and complete a timed event in which participants retrieve a 10-pound brick from a depth of 7-10 feet and swim 20 yards with the object.

Online training prerequisites must be completed by the first day of classroom instruction. The instructor will contact class participants with online course information and directions. Class size is limited.

Class Dates: April 18-21, 2024


  • Thursday, April 18, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Friday, April 19, 4:00-8:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 20, 8:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 21, 8:00 am-6:00 pm


$200 per participant

Contact Annie Bengry, Aquatics Manager, with any questions.

Registration closes April 5, 11:59 pm. 

Defensive Handgun Course

Our Defensive Handgun Course is designed to educate the students about the handguns that are best for personal defense. There will be some time on the range and in the classroom. We will go over the draw stroke, moving and shooting, the plausibility principle, and the balance of speed and precision. We will also cover Defensive Accuracy, Lateral Motion, the Critical Incident Reload, Volume of Fire, and Realistic Training for Target Engagement. No experience is necessary. Class size is limited.

Special Requirements

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Handgun – We recommend you train with your carry handgun as you must have a working knowledge of how to use your handgun and how to do it safely.
  • 300 rounds of ammunition
  • 3 magazines (You may want more if your magazine’s capacity is 10 or less.)
  • A good holster and belt – Handgun holsters should be good quality with proper retention (no Serpa or that style release, no cloth Uncle Mike’s style).
  • A way to carry extra magazines (pants pocket or magazine carrier)
  • Eye and ear protection

Saturday, April 2, 8:30am – 5:00pm (registration closes April 17, 11:59pm)

Cost $150/person

Michigan Tech Recreation Indoor Triathlon

Don’t forget to register!

You don’t have to win, you just have to TRI! Michigan Tech Recreation is hosting an indoor triathlon for MTU students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum one-month). Unlike a traditional triathlon, which covers fixed distances of swimming, biking, and running, indoor triathlons challenge competitors to race the greatest distance within a fixed time frame. Beginners and seasoned athletes are welcome to participate in the 10-minute swim, 15-minute bike, and 10-minute run! Transition time is provided between events. Event capacity is limited.

The indoor triathlon will take place on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the SDC. Open to MTU students and SDC Access Pass Holders (minimum one-month) with a valid MTU student ID or SDC Access Pass. Must be 16 years of age or older to participate.

Registration Details:

  • Cost: It’s free! (But you must register to participate!)
  • Registration is now open!
  • Registration Closes: Tuesday, March 26, at 11:59 p.m.

Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL) Courses – Register Today

Earn your Michigan Concealed Pistol License this spring at the SDC Shooting Range.

  • Saturday, April 13
  • 8 am-5 pm
  • Registration closes April 10, 11:59 pm.

Cost $150/person (with own equipment), $185/person (with rental equipment 9mm pistol)

No experience is necessary. Rental equipment is available. Must be a minimum of 20 years of age to participate.

Class size is limited. Sign up today!

For more information, visit CPL.

WIBIT Wednesday at the SDC Pool

MTU students, SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one-month), and WIBIT Wednesday Pass holders come make a splash with our inflatable pool obstacle course called the WIBIT!

  • Wednesday, March 6, 5-8 pm — Step/Bridge/V-Connect/Slope
  • Wednesday, April 10, 5-8 pm Step/Bridge/Cliff/Slope

Events will be held this spring for current MTU students, SDC Access Pass holders (minimum one-month), and WIBIT Wednesday Pass holders. Test your individual skills on the course or challenge a friend to a race across the obstacles. The course is set up in the deep water and requires users to be able to pass our swim test. See the WIBIT rules and swim test content on our website for more information.

There are many different pieces of the WIBIT and each event will have a featured combination. Potential featured pieces include:

  • The Step — This piece allows users to climb up onto the course.
  • The Base — Users must make their way across a horizontal surface. Be careful how fast you move, as it can get slippery!
  • The Cliff — Users must navigate either side of a slope using the handles and their balancing skills.
  • V-Connect — Users must use limited footing space to navigate across the horizontal structure.
  • The Bridge — Users must navigate up and over an arched structure without falling through.
  • The Slope — Users must climb up a six-foot wall that leads to a slide into the pool water below!

Come visit us at the pool to try out your skills! For more information, visit WIBIT.