CSU Campus Recreation teaches American Red Cross courses to CSU students, faculty, and staff who have or are eligible for a Campus Recreation membership. Our Lifeguard Instructors teach CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers (CPRO) program to individuals with a duty to act including lifeguards, police, security personnel, firefighters, and athletic trainers — to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children, and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over.

This course is also intended for individuals serving in roles that would be called upon to provide support in emergency situations, such as aquatic facility, gym/fitness club, or community/recreation
center staff.

*Note: all American Red Cross Classes are only offered to full-time CSU students with an active Rec membership . We do not offer class registration to outside parties

Fall 2021
  • 9/18/21 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 10/2/21 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 10/16/21 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 11/6/21 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 12/4/21 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Price: $91 for course, $13 for pocket mask

*Note: Pocket masks are optional to purchase with registration, but if not purchased at the time of registration, the participant must bring their own mask to the course. You will not be allowed to participate without one.*

We are not currently offering any lifeguarding courses or lifeguard reviews. Please check back in August for any updates.

*Note: all American Red Cross Classes are only offered to CSU students and employees for the University. We do not offer class registration to outside parties

Participants in the American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer course must be able to demonstrate proper assessment and care for an unconscious victim by being able to lower themselves to the floor and kneel with both knees to check the victim. The required elements of the unconscious victim check that involve partner practice are integral and critical to the demonstration of the entire skill (checking an unconscious victim) and to providing potentially life-saving first aid and CPR. Therefore, if a course participant cannot get down on the floor to reach the victim and perform the skill elements on a partner, the course participant cannot successfully complete the skill. However, once the required elements of the checking the unconscious victim skill are met during partner practice on the ground, a participant may meet other applicable CPR skill objectives (rescue breathing, CPR, and unconscious choking) using a manikin placed on a table.

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course
  • 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.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits or above the head.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 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 a 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.

*Note: all American Red Cross Classes are only offered to CSU students and employees for the University. We do not offer class registration to outside parties

Registration begins the first day of each semester and ends two business days before the first class meeting (FIVE business days before for all Lifeguard classes).  Registration is first-come, first-serve so it will also close when a class hits the maximum available spots.

Please register at our online purchasing page.

Classes that do not hit minimum enrollment will be canceled.  All participants will receive a full refund if the class is canceled for enrollment reasons.  If a class is full, you can join the waitlist for free.  If a spot opens and you are the next waitlist person, you will be contacted via email as long as the Service Center has your most accurate email address.

Course Content

Topics covered include: handling emergency situations; basic disease transmission precautions; recognizing and caring for bleeding, wounds, burns, sudden illnesses, stroke, seizures, bites, poisoning and heat- and cold-related emergencies; and immobilizing muscle, bone and joint injuries.  First aid classes do not include information on breathing or cardiac emergencies.  This certification lasts for 2 years.

Target audience: public safety personnel, lifeguards, emergency response team members, health care professionals, and athletic trainers.

Topics covered include: recognizing and handling breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants; two-rescuer CPR; use of resuscitation mask and bag-valve-mask; and using an AED on victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  First Aid is NOT a part of this class.  This certification lasts for 2 years.

Prerequisite: Red Cross requires all participants to be 15 years of age and older.  Please note, however, that classes are not open to the community. Participants must be able to complete the following prerequisite skills on the first day of the course. In the event that a

  • 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.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits or above the head.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 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 a 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.

Topics covered include: professionalism; surveillance; victim recognition; equipment-based rescues; and caring for head, neck and back injuries.  Participants that pass the lifeguarding course will be certified in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Training, and First Aid.  This certification lasts for 2 years (CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer) and 2 years (Lifeguard Training and First Aid).

*Note: all American Red Cross Classes are only offered to CSU students and employees for the University. We do not offer class registration to outside parties

Prerequisite: Red Cross requires all participants to be 15 years of age and older.  Also, you MUST possess a current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (with CPR/AED and First Aid) or have a certification that expires within 30 days of the course ending. Bring the certification while signing up to participate in the review course.

Topics covered include: professionalism; surveillance; victim recognition; equipment-based rescues; and caring for head, neck and back injuries.  Participants that pass the lifeguarding course will be certified in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard Training, and First Aid.  This certification lasts for 2 years (CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer) and 2 years (Lifeguard Training and First Aid).

The various types of Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid and lifeguarding classes are open to CSU students only.

Participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian complete and sign a participant waiver form before the class. The participant must bring this completed form with them on the day of the class and give it to the instructor.

Certification is not guaranteed.  All participants must pass a written and practical exam.  Refunds are not given if participants do not pass the class.  For the pretest that is a part of the Lifeguard Training courses only, participants that fail the pretest will not be allowed to continue with the course but will receive a refund (minus the processing fee).

Class transfers are not permitted.  If you need to switch classes, you will need to submit a refund request (per the policies noted below) and then enroll in the new class you want to be in, if space is still available.

Refund requests are accepted at the Service Desk.  They must be submitted on or before 5pm 5 business days before the first class session.  All refunds are assessed a $5 processing fee. Late registration fees will not be refunded. Refunds are not given in the event that the participant does not pass the class.

Pocket masks are required for all CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Lifeguarding courses.  Participants that do not have a personal pocket mask must pay for one during class registration.  Purchased masks are provided in the classroom on the first day.

Classes are primarily held in the Student Recreation Center in Room AB however some may be located at other buildings on campus.  Please see your receipt for additional details regarding class locations.  Drinks and small snacks are okay to consume in the classroom (meal breaks are not given during classes).

The Red Cross offers online refresher quizzes for free!  Click here to access that information.