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RED CROSS CERTIFICATIONS

Get certified in Adult First Aid/ CPR/AED, Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Instructor, Water Safety instructor or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Providers. All CPR courses are held at the Natatorium in Room 2204. Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Instructor and Water Safety Instructor may be held at the SERF or the Nat. Further information will be available upon registering.

Course Registration

Registration for all courses can now be done online using the NEW online portal, RServices or by visiting one of the membership offices at either the Natatorium or the SERF during normal operating hours. Payments may be made by using Cash, Check, and all major credit cards. Prices vary based on course and affiliation to the university. No over-the-phone registrations will be taken.

Questions: Contact Bonnie Griswold at 608-265-6222, bgriswold@recsports.wisc.edu

Course DescriptionsClick here for current course availability

Summer CPR Classes

Red Cross Adult First AID/CPR/AED

The Adult CPR/AED course incorporates the 2010 ECC standards. It will help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac and breathing emergencies. The course teaches the skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED which is valid for two years.

Pre-requisites:
1) None

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider

Designed for individuals with a duty to respond to emergencies, this course covers how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. This course has been updated to meet the ECC 2010 guidelines.

Red Cross Lifeguarding Review Course

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals
the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. Individuals with a current Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED may participate in a review course.

Waterfront Lifeguarding

The purpose of Waterfront Lifeguarding is to teach lifeguards the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in nonsurf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps and campgrounds.

Pre-requisites:

Current American Red Cross Certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED

Successfully complete the Precourse session which consists of:

    1. Swim 550 yards continuously using front crawl and breaststroke demonstrating breath
        control and rhythmic breathing.  Swim goggles are allowed

    2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.  Candidates should place their hands
         under the armpits.

    3. Compete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
            Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke.  The face may
              be in or out of the water.  Swim goggles are allowed.
            •Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a    
              10-pound object.
            •Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both
              hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are
             
able to get a breath.

    4. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet
        of water, resurface, and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.

Lifeguarding

Pre-requisites:  

1.Must be 15 years old on or before the final
   scheduled session of this course.   

2.Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control
   and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front
   crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming
   on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.  

3.Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
   Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.  

4.Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.

        •Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve at 10-pound
         object.

        •Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point
         with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they
         are able to get a breath.Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the
         water without using a ladder or steps.

 

Lifeguarding Instructor

The purpose of the instructor course is to train
instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow
Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED
for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering
Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training:
Preventing
Disease Transmission courses and/or modules. Instructor candidates will
also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management,
Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue.

Pre-requisites:

  • Be at least 17 years old on or before the last of the instructor courses 

Possess one of the following:

        •A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED

        •A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid and either an 
         American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or an American
         Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for Lifeguards

        •An equivalent certificate from another organization

        •Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Red Cross

        •Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Lifeguarding course

        •Successfully complete the online Lifeguarding Instructor Precourse Exam (80% or
         better)

        •Successfully complete the Precourse Session  

        *Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor's Manual and Lifeguarding Manual after you have
          successfully completed the Precourse Session

Water Safety Instructor

Purpose 

To train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics

Pre-requisites:

        •Be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course

        •Successfully complete the precourse session.