American Red Cross® Courses

As the #2 provider of American Red Cross Certifications in the state of Wisconsin, We offer a variety of courses to promote safety around the water and in everyday life. You don’t have to be a lifeguard or a professional rescuer to be certified in these skills. We can even offer classes to your group or organization onsite or in our facilities.

Prepared to respond

Whether you're on a pool deck, at home, or in an office, knowing how to respond quickly and safely to an emergency can help save a life. 

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Smart Restart

We’ve made a few changes. We will continue to offer virtual programs and introduce in-person programs as they are deemed safe. Please visit recwell.wisc.edu/smartrestart for more information.

Lifeguarding & Water Safety

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LIFEGUARD TRAINING

Learn to respond to aquatic emergencies.

$250

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What to expect

Prerequisites:

  • Must be 15 years old on or before the last day of the course
  • Swim 300 yards using a combination of freestyle (with rotary breathing and a strong kick) and breaststroke with correct coordination
  • Tread water for two minutes, legs only
  • 10-pound object retrieval from 7’10” depth
  • Successful completion of online session of course prior to first class meeting (further instructions will be provided upon registration)

Class Components:

  • Now teaching 2017 American Red Cross® Lifeguarding material
  • Learn water rescue skills, CPR/AED, and First Aid
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LIFEGUARD TRAINING REVIEW

Get recertified with this 12-hour review course.

$125

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What to expect

Prerequisites:

  • Must have current Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification

Class Components:

  • Now teaching 2017 American Red Cross® Lifeguarding material
  • Review water rescue skills, CPR/AED, and First Aid prior to taking the recertification test
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LIFEGUARDING INSTRUCTOR

Learn to teach American Red Cross® Lifeguarding courses.

$300

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What to expect

Prerequisites:

  • At least 17 years old
  • Possess one of the following:
    • Current American Red Cross® certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
    • Successful completion of the Lifeguarding Instructor online session prior to the first class meeting (further instructions will be provided upon registration)

Class Components:

  • Learn how to teach Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.
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LIFEGUARDING INSTRUCTOR REVIEW COURSE

Review how to teach Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.

$75

Currently unavailable.

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What to expect

  • Participants have the option to renew their Basic Level Lifeguarding Review certification for an additional $25

Prerequisites:

  • Possess current American Red Cross® Lifeguard Instructor certificate

Class Components:

  • Review how to teach Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid
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WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR

Learn to teach youth and adults how to be safe in and around the water.

$300

Currently unavailable. 

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What to expect

Prerequisites:

  • Must be at least 16 years old at the start of the course
  • Must be able to tread water for 1 minute
  • Must be able to float on back for 1 minute
  • Must be able to swim 24 yards of front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, and side stroke
  • Must be able to swim yards using butterfly

Class Components:

  • Online learning and assessment
  • In-person skills session to develop instructional skills in and out of the water
  • Learn to teach youth and adults how to be safe in and around the water

First Aid/CPR/AED Courses

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ADULT FIRST AID/CPR/AED

Learn to respond to first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies.

$70

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FIRST AID/CPR/AED – BLENDED LEARNING

Learn through online and in-person sessions to respond to first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies.

$70

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CPR/FA/AED FOR THE PROFESSIONAL RESCUER

Designed for individuals with a duty to respond to emergencies.

$85

Currently unavailable. 

Host a Class

We offer private classes at the Natatorium for groups and departments on campus. $60 per person for University departments, $45 per person for registered student organizations. Place click the button below to fill out an interest form.

"Both Senior Leadership and I appreciate that we are better prepared as a College for accidents and emergencies – both on campus and wherever our faculty, staff and students may be."

—DIRECTOR FOR SAFETY, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING