Certifications and Training

Certification and Training Re-Opening Plans

Beginning July 27, the Student Recreation Center begins offering limited use of the cardio and weight/strength areas and Cooper Pool lap swimming by reservation only. There are no certification classes scheduled at this time.

As we reopen, health and safety protocols for staff and patrons including wearing face coverings and physical distancing are in effect and will remain so until further notice. Details relevant to these policies and information about future phases of our reopening plan are anticipated in August. At that time, additional information will be available regarding the status of first aid, CPR, life-guarding and other certification and training opportunities.

Recreation and Wellness Policies

BGSU's Return to Campus Plan 

Certification Training Courses

Certification Training courses are offered to students, faculty/staff, and community members and are conducted by American Red Cross certified instructors. Participants must be at least 15 years old.

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  • For More Information: aquatics@bgsu.edu
  • Registration: Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk or by calling 419.372.2000.

The information below is provided for informational purposes and represents typical training and certification offerings by Recreation and Wellness.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED

This is a blended learning course featuring online simulation learning, which combines web-based learning with an in-class skills session to help prepare you to respond to real-life emergencies. The online portion takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete and needs to be completed before the in-class session. Participants must bring a printed out certificate of completion of the online portion in order to be admitted to the in-class session of the class.

Download a First Aid/CPR Manual (PDF)

Course Schedule (Each date listed is an independent class - Attendance at one class provides certification)

Saturday, February 8 | 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 | 1 - 3:30 PM
Saturday, March 28 | 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday, April 19 | 1 - 3:30 PM
Saturday, May 9 | 10 AM -12:30 PM

Cost:
Recreation and Wellness Student Employees: $70
BGSU Student or SRC Member: $90
Non-Member: $110

Registration and payment must be completed by the Monday before the class begins. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. Follow the link below to complete the eLearning portion of the class. Create a Red Cross login, unless you already have one, launch the course and complete at your own pace.

https://www.redcrosslearning.com/course/301040f0-c611-11e6-981d-bb8e5751112f

Lifeguard Certification Blended Course

The American Red Cross blended learning lifeguarding course prepares you to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in and around the water. The eLearning portion of this class is scenario based and introduces you to the skills that yare practiced and mastered during the in-person skill sessions. Allow approximately 7 hours to complete the eLearning portion, including the final eLearning exam. You must complete the eLearning portion and present proof of completion to enter the in-person skill sessions at the Student Recreation Center.

Course Prerequisites: 300 yard swim, 2 minute water tread, and brick test. (Goggles may be used for the 300 yard swim, but not for the brick test)

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is valid for 2 years. Pocket mask is included with the course. Women must wear a one-piece suit, and men must wear draw string swim trunks.

Download a Lifeguard Manual (PDF)

January 2020 Course Schedule (Attendance at all 5 sessions is required for certification)

  • Monday, January 13: 4 - 7 PM
  • Tuesday, January 14: 4 - 7 PM
  • Wednesday January 15: 4 - 7 PM
  • Thursday, January 16: 4 - 7 PM
  • Saturday, January 18: 8 AM - 4 PM
April 2020 Course Schedule (Attendance at all 5 sessions is required for certification)
 
  • Thursday April 16: 6 - 7 PM (Prerequisite Day)
  • Saturday, April 18: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday, April 19: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Saturday, April 25: 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday, April 26: 9 AM - 4 PM

Exact times may vary based on number of participants.

Cost: 
Recreation and Wellness Student Employee: $125
BGSU Student or SRC Member: $175
Non-Member: $200

Registration and payment must be completed by the Monday before the class begins. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. Follow the link below to complete the eLearning portion of the class. Create a Red Cross login, unless you already have one, launch the course and complete at your own pace.

https://www.redcrosslearning.com/course/73031950-15c1-11e7-b4e0-51657ecd06af


Lifeguard Review Course

The Lifeguard review course is a re-certification course for individuals who are looking to renew their current or recently expired lifeguard certification. To take this course, participants must hold a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or certification that has expired in the last month. There is prerequisite test, a brief review of skills, and then testing of water and land skills. Participants need to bring a copy of their certification in order to prove their previous certification.

This course renews the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification for two years. Pocket mask is NOT included. Review is recommended prior to class attendance as review courses do not cover all material outlined in the manual.

Classes are scheduled on a need basis. Contact aquatics@bgsu.edu to express interest in a course or call 419.372.7475.

Cost:
Recreation and Wellness Student Employee: $75.00
BGSU Student or SRC Member: $105.00
Non-Member: $120.00

Download a Lifeguard Manual (PDF)   

SCUBA Schools International Open Water Diving Certification

Earn a lifetime certification that can be used worldwide and allows holders to dive on their own or with a buddy.  

Overview

Open Water Diving Certification includes an online component working at your own pace, individually scheduled pool sessions at the Student Recreation Center (SRC), and an open water check-out at Whitestar Quarry in Gibsonburg, OH. Registration fees cover the online training kit, Student Recreation Center classes, a personal mask, fins, snorkel, and boots as well as instructor fees for the open water check-out.

Online Component

Registered students are provided a link and instructions for completing an online course prior to the SRC classes.

Student Recreation Center Classes
1-hour per day scheduled individually with SSI instructor - 4 sessions required for certification.

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020: 3 - 7 PM
  • Monday, January 6, 2020: 3 - 7 PM
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020: 3 - 7 PM
  • Monday, January 13, 2020: 3 - 7 PM
Open Water Check-Out
 
Upon successful completion of both the online component and in-person classes at the SRC, participants schedule an individual session with SSI staff at Whitestar Quarry in Gibsonburg, OH during the summer of 2020.
 
Registration
 
  • Phone: Andrew Sabo | 419.261.1645
  • Email: Blackswampscuba@gmail.com
  • Cost: $850. BGSU college credit is available for interested students.
  • The course has a maximum of 16 participants and is first come, first serve.
  • A $200 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration with balance due December 15, 2019.

Optional BGSU Course Credit

Students who participate in scuba training who wish to earn credit must register for HHS 3950 - 201W (17090) with instructor J. Ciesla. Registering for HHS 3950 results in a tuition charge that is in addition to whatever fees are connected to the course.

For More Information About BGSU Credit Contact Tom Gorman: 419-372-8243 | tgorman@bgsu.edu

Learn More About SCUBA Schools International: https://www.divessi.com/en-IC/home/


Payment for all courses is required at the time of registration. Please provide current phone and e-mail information at the time of sign up. Full Course First Aid/CPR participants are expected to obtain course materials prior to attending a course as print materials are not provided. Participants have the option of ordering handbooks online through the Red Cross.

Recreation and Wellness reserves the right to cancel any class that does not have at least 5 or more participants registered the day before a class is scheduled to take place. If a class is cancelled, participants are notified one day prior, assuming current contact information has been provided.

Patron requested refunds may be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. Check payments returned for any reason are subject to a $30 service charge. 

Patrons or guests with disability are requested to indicate if special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications are needed to fully participate. Contact Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419.372.8495 prior to the program or event