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CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers & Healthcare Providers Certification

Yoga Foundations Specialty Certification

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers & Healthcare Providers Review


Lifeguard Certification


Water Safety Instructor Certification



American Red Cross

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers Certification

  • Saturday, April 14 OR Sunday, April 29
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • $100 (includes handbook, mask and certificate)
  • Rec Center, EG-18

Designed for individuals with a duty to respond to emergencies, this program combines discussions, video and hands-on training. The course also covers how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. Topics include primary assessment, ventilation, choking, CPR and use of an AED. Certifications are valid for 2 years.

A 30-minute lunch break is included in the schedule.

Register at the Rec Center front desk. Class size is limited.

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers & Healthcare Providers Review

  • Monday, April 16 OR Wednesday, May 2
  • 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • $75 (includes certificate only)
  • Rec Center, EG-18

An abbreviated CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers course that briefly reviews course information and allows the practice of skills before testing. To be eligible to participate in a review course, participants must have successfully completed prior training.

Participants MUST bring their current certification card to class for verification. Participants without a current card will not be allowed to write the examination. Certifications are valid for 2 years.

No materials are provided. Participants should bring their own handbook and breathing barrier to class.

Register at the Rec Center front desk. Class size is limited.

 Lifeguard Certification

  • June 14 – 22
  • Weekdays
    • 5:30 – 8 p.m. 
  • Weekend (June 16 & 17)
    • 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • $350 (includes manual and certification)
  • Rec Center, EG Pool
  • Register

Earn your lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross. Our lifeguard certification courses are designed to ensure that you are properly trained and prepared in the event of a water emergency.

Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.


Participants must pass a pre-course swim test of swimming 300 yards continuously while demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl (freestyle), breaststroke or a combination of both, but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used. Additionally, participants must tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs, while hands are placed under the armpits.

Participants must also demonstrate they are able to complete the following tasks within 1 minute, 40 seconds:

  1. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
  2. Surface dive, feet first or head first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
  3. 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 you are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification

  • June 4 – 14
  • Weekdays
    • 5:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Weekend
    • 2 – 5:15 p.m.
  • $400 (includes manual and certification)
  • Rec Center, EG Pool
  • Register

Earn your certification to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety, and gain the skills needed to teach courses and make presentations to swimmers of every age and ability.

The WSI course trains instructor candidates to teach all of the courses presented in the Swimming and Water Safety program to all age groups; all of the courses listed above, plus Learn-to-Swim Levels 4-6 and Adult Swim. This certification is the gold standard and provides the most comprehensive training for swim instructors.

Water Safety Instructors will also learn how to teach:

  • Higher-level swim skills that help prepare people of all ages for any aquatic activity.
  • Stroke mechanics for all competitive strokes as well as starts, turns and headfirst entries.
  • Water safety certification courses, including Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue.
  • Fundamentals of diving from a diving board.
  • Aquatic fitness and training for people of any age.

Note: In order to participate in Basic Swim Instructor and Water Safety Instructor certification classes, participants must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the course.


Participants must pass a pre-course swim test to demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes: Front Crawl (25 yards), Back Crawl (25 yards), Breaststroke (25 yards), Elementary backstroke (25 yards), Sidestroke (25 yards), Butterfly (15 yards), as well as being able to maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling) and tread water for 1 minute.

The pre-course swim test is scheduled for Monday, June 4 at 5 p.m.

Group Fitness Specialty Certifications 

Yoga Foundations Specialty Certification

  • April 14 & April 15
  • 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days
  • $399 or $349 with the early bird discount
  • Rec Center, EG-24

Intensive, two-day training provides hands-on experience in teaching beginner yoga formats focused on alignment, safety, variations and breathing techniques.

Key topics:

  • An in-depth breakdown of 20 basic yoga poses
  • Basic Pranayama (breathing)
  • The 8 limbs of yoga
  • Anatomy and physiology of the nervous and respiratory system
  • Basic principles of teaching asana (Tell, Show, Do)
  • Motivational and inspirational cueing

Yoga Foundations can be taken as a stand-alone certification to teach yoga classes and/or can be taken as the first course working toward the advanced 200 Hour Yoga Program.

Continuing Education Credits: ACE 2.0, AFAA 15, NASM 1.5, NETA 20

Register at Staff may call Customer Service at 800-237-6242 to register.

Questions? Contact Patti Dowd.

Please Note:

  1. In order to participate in a fee-based Specialty Wellness Program, participants must register in advance. No registrations will be taken at the time of the program, or at the program location.
  2. Students, faculty, staff and Rec members MUST have a current University or Rec ID card to enter the Rec center. All others will be issued a card for facility entrance.
  3. Programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Most programs have a minimum and maximum occupancy. Programs may fill quickly, so please register early. Some programs have a registration date cut off as well. No one will be allowed to register after the cut-off date.
  4. No Day Passes or Week Passes are available for these programs.
  5. Parking on campus requires a permit or use of a metered spot.  Participants without a parking permit will be issued a pass valid during class time only.
  6. Individuals must register in person at the Rec Center Front Desk unless otherwise noted. Please call 777-PLAY for more information. 

Last Updated: 4/5/18