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Lifeguard and Emergency Response Certifications

Campus Recreation offers American Red Cross Blended Learning courses for most certifications. Blended Learning is a combination of online course work and in-person skills practice and assessment. This allows our learners to learn at their own pace through the online format. Allowing for more focused attention on skills when meeting with the instructor for the final skills session. Programs can also be offered in traditional instructor-led delivery methods. Contact us for more information at aquaticcenter@ohio.edu.

Offering Schedule

Campus Recreation offers American Red Cross courses throughout the Fall and Spring Semester. More details are below. Review course dates for all certification courses on RecShop or at the front desk of the Aquatic Center.

Didn’t find the course you are looking for, or want to book your club or organization certification class? Campus Recreation can set up your certification course at your location or ours. Contact us at aquaticcenter@ohio.edu with your certification questions or for more details.

Registration Dates and Information

Course Registration opens for each semester on the following timeframe each year

Fall Semester Classes on August 1
Spring Semester Classes on December 1
Summer Classes on March 1

To view registration, visit RecShop and click on the certifications icon.

Course Descriptions

Below are the course descriptions for Campus Recreation’s certifications. Dates and locations for courses can be found at RecShop.

CPR-PRO Rescuer/AED Review Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers Review course is to update an individual’s current certification and extending the expiration date. Individuals will be given a chance to review the course material and ask questions before completing the skills assessment and written exam.

Offering: Fall and Spring Semester

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CPR-PRO Rescuer/AED Blended Learning Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course is to train rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over.

Offering: Fall and Spring Semester

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CPR-PRO Rescuer/AED Blended Instructors Course

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers Instructor course is to train instructors to teach the basic-level American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers courses.

Offering: Week prior to Fall and Spring Semester starting

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Lifeguarding

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. This program offers a choice of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience.

Offering: Spring Semester (March and April)

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Lifeguarding Instructor

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding Instructor Course is to train instructors to teach the basic-level American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.

The care steps outlined within this manual are consistent with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) and the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This manual also reflects the United States Lifeguarding Standards: A Review and Report of the United States Lifeguarding Coalition, a collaborative effort of the American Red Cross, the United States Lifesaving Association and the YMCA of the USA.

Offering: Fall Semester (September to November)

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Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.

Offering: Spring Semester (January – March)

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NRPA Aquatic Facility Operator Course

The National Recreation and Park Association offers the premier certification program in swimming pool operations, the Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification. The AFO program provides the most comprehensive and up-to date training for pool operators and includes information on water chemistry, disinfection, mechanical systems, operations, healthy pools and safety.

Offering: Fall and Spring Semester, on the Monday and Tuesday following Finals week

Fall Semester – Mid December
Spring Semester – Beginning of May

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