Certifications and Training

American Red Cross Certification and Training Courses at the SRC

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.

Learn more through the American Red Cross Website.
  • Health and safety class registration is available at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk, through the BGSU RecWell app for iPhone or android, or online using the MyRec portal: https://myrec.bgsu.edu/
  • BGSU Students, Faculty & Staff: When logging in, select ‘BGSU MyRec Login’ and use your BGSU username and password.
  • Community Members: 
    • Select 'Community Members' and login using your assigned username and password.
    • If you have not yet been assigned a password, please complete the MyRec Account Request Form. Allow two business days for a personal response with account set up instructions.

Lifeguarding 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. All participants 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.

Course Schedule

Fall Schedule TBA

BGSU Student or SRC Member: $200
Non-Member: $240

Registration and payment must be completed by the Monday before the class begins. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.  

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 419.372.7482.

Course Schedule

Fall Schedule TBA

BGSU Student or SRC Member: $105.00
Non-Member: $120.00

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers with First Aid Blended Course

This is a blended learning course featuring online 2 simulation learnings, which combines web-based learning with an in-class skills session to help prepare you to respond to real-life emergencies. The online portions may take around 3-4 hours to complete and must be completed before the in-class session. Participants must bring a printed out certificate of completion of both online portions in order to be admitted to the in-class session of the class.

Download a CPR/AED Manual (PDF)

Course Schedule

  • Sunday, October 1: 8 AM - 12 PM
  • Sunday, October 15: 8 AM - 12 PM
  • Wednesday, October 18: 5 - 9 PM
  • Wednesday, November 8: 5 - 9 PM

Attend one class to obtain certification. Classes conducted in the SRC Classroom. Advance registration required.

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. 

Recreation and Wellness reserves the right to cancel any class that does not have the minimum number of participants or for other circumstances. If a class is cancelled, participants are notified one day prior if current contact information has been properly provided.

Updated: 09/20/2023 09:59AM