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American Red Cross Courses

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Texas State University, Campus Recreation is an Authorized Provider of the
American Red Cross and offers a variety of life saving courses. Courses are OSHA Approved.

Certification

All of our courses result in official certification from the American Red Cross. You will receive your digital certification via email within 1 week of your course.  For more information on the digital certifications and how to obtain one if you lost yours please click here.

Courses Available by Request

Need to get your staff or a group of people certified? We can schedule a class that suits your needs and your schedule. Class minimums vary per course type. If you are interested in this option, please fill out our American Red Cross Course Request Form

Need more information?

Please call 512-245-8454 or email recsafety@txstate.edu with any questions or concerns you may have. We will be happy to help!

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  • Course Descriptions

    • The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program helps participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.

    • Purpose of Course:

      The purpose of this course is to train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross basic-level First Aid, CPR, and AED courses.

      Prerequisites for the course:

      • Be at least 16 years of age on the last day of the instructor course.
      • Possess current American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and/or AED certification(s) or equivalent certification (email recsafety@txstate.edu to see if your certification counts.)
      • Have successfully completed the following online items before the start of class (after registering for the course more information will be sent to you on these):
        • Orientation to the First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Course.
        • Orientation to the American Red Cross.
        • First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Precourse Test (score 80 percent or better).

      To be certified as an instructor, candidates must:

      • Successfully complete the prerequisite requirement (mentioned earlier).
      • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.
      • Successfully complete class activities including two practice-teaching assignments.
      • Score at least 80 percent (20 correct answers out of 25 questions) on the instructor written exam.
    • Purpose of Course:
      Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) uses a scenario-based approach to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that drive better patient outcomes. Consistent with AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC. Covers breathing and cardiac emergencies – including CPR, AED, and obstructed airway – for adult, child, and infant patients. Participants receive a two-year digital “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” certificate upon course completion. Courses delivered nationwide by our expert instructors.

      Certification:
      Upon successful completion of the American Red Cross course, you will receive a certificate via email approximately 1 week after the last day of the course.  The certification is valid for two years.

      Course Materials:
      Course materials will be provided in class but you will not be able to take them home. An online version of the manual can be found here: http://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/americanredcross/1jltn1jzym/BLS_HB_Single-Merged_Low_res.pdf?u=0aormr

      Prerequisites:
      None

      Refunds:
      Refunds or transfers to other classes are only permitted the request is emailed to recsafety@txstate.edu at least 72 working hours in advance of the class start date.

      What to bring/wear:
      The following are recommended but not required:
      -Comfortable clothing
      -Sweatshirt or warm clothes
      -Long hair pulled back
      -Snacks and drinks are allowed but not during mannequin use and please clean up after yourself.

      To see upcoming courses and to register, please visit our registration site at:

      https://recconnect.campusrecreation.txstate.edu/

    • Course Purpose:

      The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress.

      Prerequisites:

      To participate in the Water Safety Instructor course, individuals must:

      • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.
      • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
        1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4 (see here for Level 4 standards)
          • Front crawl—25 yards
          • Back crawl—25 yards
          • Breaststroke—25 yards
          • Elementary backstroke—25 yards
          • Sidestroke—25 yards
          • Butterfly—15 yards
        2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).
        3. Tread water for 1 minute.

      Course Objectives:

      • Upon successful completion of the Water Safety Instructor course, instructor candidates should be able to:
      • Identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons.
      • Identify key class management principles, elements, and strategies for planning, preparing, and conducting safe swim lessons.
      • Describe the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it.
      • Observe swimming, headfirst entry, and diving skills, and accurately classify them and suggest appropriate interventions to improve them.
      • Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participants’ progress in swim lessons.
      •  Modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges, including dealing with participants who misbehave.
      • Demonstrate the ability to accommodate participants who move, learn, communicate and behave differently.
    • Purpose:

      The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

      Prerequisites:

      1.  Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.

      2.  Swim 300 yards continuously 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.

      3.  Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

      4.  Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 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 you are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance underwater. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

      Certification Requirements:

      • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
      • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
      • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
      • Pass both the Section 1-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid and Section 2-Lifeguarding Skills final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

      Certificate Issued and Validity Period:

      Certificates will be emailed within 4 weeks of course completion and will be valid for two years.

      Course Materials:

      The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual will be provided during class but not issued. A free digital copy of the book will be sent to participants. 

      Nervous or unsure if you'll be able to meet the prerequisites for the course? No need to worry, we now offer a Lifeguard Prep Course where you can work with our lifeguards on strengthening and perfecting your skills before you take the certification course!

    • Eligibility Requirements

      To be eligible for the instructor course, instructor candidates must:

      · Be at least 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.

      · Possess one of the following:

      o A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (Shallow Water Lifeguarding does not qualify).

      o A current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid and either an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or an American Red Cross certificate for CPR/AED for Lifeguards.

      o An equivalent certificate from another organization (email recsafety@txstate.edu to see if yours qualifies)

      · Successfully complete the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course, which consists of the following:

      o Orientation to the American Red Cross

      o Orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course and Precourse Exam

       

      Certification Requirements

      To pass the course and become a certified Lifeguard Instructor, candidates must:

      · Arrive to the course with proof that they completed the Online Session (mentioned above; directions on how to complete the Online Session will be sent to candidates after signing up for the course.).

      · Successful completion of the Precourse Session. Precourse Session includes:

      o Prerequisite Swimming Skills Evaluation: This test is the same as the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation done in a basic lifeguarding class. For more details and a video that shows you exactly what you have to do click here.

      o Prerequisite Rescue Skill Scenarios Evaluation (each candidate completes four rescue scenarios).

      · Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.

      · Successfully complete class activities, including the four practice-teaching assignments.

      · Score a minimum of 80 percent (32 correct answers out of 40 questions) on the Bloodborne Pathogens Training Instructor Self-Study Test.

      Score a minimum of 80 percent (12 correct answers out of 15 questions) on the basic-level Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exam.

      · Score a minimum of 80 percent (20 correct answers out of 25 questions) on the instructor course final written exam.

      Upon successful completion of the instructor course, each instructor candidate will be able to print out a completion certificate for the Lifeguarding Instructor course from the American Red Cross Learning Center indicating the Lifeguarding Instructor course.

      · Instructor candidates must also demonstrate throughout the course that they are mature and responsible. Instructor trainers assess maturity and responsibility by observing behaviors. These behaviors include but are not limited to:

      o Arriving at class on time and being prepared.

      o Returning from breaks on time.

      o Being prepared for class activities, such as having homework completed and being dressed in swimwear when required.

      o Demonstrating that effort was put forth to complete homework assignments. For example, the subject matter is appropriate and complete, and presented in a professional manner.

      o Behaving appropriately during activities. For example, during practice-teaching assignments, the behavior remains safe and reasonable to the situation.

      o Providing appropriate feedback, as requested, especially to peers after practice-teaching assignments.

      o Receiving feedback from the instructor trainer as well as peers in a professional manner.

      o Treating others with respect.

    • Purpose of course:

      The purpose of this course is to teach lifeguards the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas found at public parks, resorts, summer camps, and campgrounds.

      Prerequisites:

      All participants must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course and bring proof of a current Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. Upon arrival on the first day of class, you will be asked to complete four prerequisite tests. They are as follows:

      1. Swim 550 yards continuously in a prone position demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Swimming on the back is not allowed. Swim goggles are allowed. 
      2.  Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
      3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds.
      4. Swim 5 yards, submerge and retrieve three dive rings placed 5 yards apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, resurface, and swim 5 yards to the side of the pool.

      IF YOU DO NOT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE TESTS YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE WITH THE CLASS. NO EXCEPTIONS AND NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN

      To Pass:

      To successfully complete the course, you must attend the entire course, participate in all skill sessions/drills, activities, and scenarios, demonstrate competency in all required skills and scenarios, and pass the final written exams with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

      The practice sessions will require strenuous physical activity. You are encouraged to check with your health care professional before participating in the practice sessions. If a medical condition or disability exists that might prevent participation in the activities, or there are questions about fully participating, please contact us to discuss this before the course begins.

      Certification:

      Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate via email in less than 1 week after the last day of the course. The certification is valid for two years.

      What to bring/what is provided:

      Books and materials will be available to you during the class but you will not be allowed to take them home.  A free digital version of the manual can be provided to course participants upon request.

      A bathing suit and towel are required and we recommend the suit is athletic in nature. The following items are recommended to bring to class but not required:

      • Wearing comfortable clothing
      • Long hair pulled back
      • Sweatshirt or warm clothing

      Snacks and drinks are allowed but please remember to clean up after yourself.

       

      Location and Parking:

      Our physical address is 1011 Academy Street, San Marcos TX 78666. If you need directions to our facility, visit our website here: Facilities & Fields

      Students, faculty, and staff of Texas State are required to register their vehicle with Parking Services, and properly display the permit anytime the vehicle is parked on campus. If you do not have a permit and/or are not a Texas State affiliate you need to park at Speck Garage. Speck Garage has a pay and displays machine that will issue a permit that is good from the time you purchase it until midnight that same day. It takes debit or credit and it will cost $5. Please visit the Parking Services website for more maps and info (http://www.parking.txstate.edu/Regulations.html) or call 512-245-2887.

    • This is a course that provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies. It also prepares participants for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves while assisting others. Basic Water Rescue does not provide participants with all the knowledge and skills needed to be certified as a lifeguard.

    • A course developed in collaboration with USA Swimming that is designed to provide participants training in aquatic safety and focuses on basic knowledge and skills to prevent and respond appropriately to many of the emergencies that can occur in a competitive swimming environment.

      We do not offer this course on a regular basis but if you have at least four participants we can schedule a class just for your group. Please contact us at recsafety@txstate.edu or call 512-245-2392 for more information.

    • This course teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 4 feet deep. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries in shallow water. This course is not intended for the shallow part of an area or attraction that also has deeper water.

      We do not offer this course on a regular basis but if you have at least four participants we can schedule a class just for your group. Please contact us at recsafety@txstate.edu or call 512-245-2392 for more information.

    • Purpose
      To give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for a non-breathing victim. Emergency use of breathing devices, including resuscitation masks, bag-valve-mask resuscitators (BVMs), and emergency oxygen.

      Prerequisites
      Current American Red Cross Adult, Child or Infant CPR or equivalent
       

      Learning Objectives
      •  Describe the importance of administering emergency oxygen.
      •  List the steps required to administer emergency oxygen.
      •  Identify different oxygen delivery devices and when to use them.
      •  List the precautions to take when using emergency oxygen.
      •  Demonstrate how to properly remove disposable gloves.
      •  Demonstrate how to use a resuscitation mask and BVM to ventilate a nonbreathing victim.
      •  Demonstrate how to prepare the oxygen equipment and administer emergency oxygen to a breathing or a nonbreathing victim.

    • Purpose
      This course teaches participants how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure, and what to do if exposed to infectious material. This course helps to meet the requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne
      Pathogens Standard. After taking this course, participants should talk with their employer about their workplace’s specific policies and procedures. Classroom and web-based training options are available.

      Prerequisites
      None.

      Learning Objectives

      • Define bloodborne pathogens.
      •  Identify the bloodborne pathogens of primary concern.
      •  List the ways bloodborne pathogens can enter a person’s body.
      •  Describe the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handwashing in reducing the risk of bloodborne pathogens transmission.
      •  Identify work practices that help eliminate or reduce the risk of exposure.
      • Learn how to remove disposable gloves properly.
      • List procedures to follow if exposure occurs.
    • Purpose
      This course teaches how to recognize and respond to an anaphylaxis emergency, including administering an epinephrine auto-injector based on the widely available EpiPen®.
       

      Prerequisites
      None.
       

      Learning Objectives
      • Describe anaphylaxis.
      • Differentiate between a mild allergic and a severe (anaphylactic) reaction.
      • Apply the Emergency Action Steps to an anaphylaxis emergency.
      • Identify the steps for administering an epinephrine auto-injector.
      • Describe how to store and maintain an epinephrine auto-injector.

    • After completing this lesson, participants should be able to:

      • Identify the signs and symptoms of asthma.
      • Describe the care provided to a person experiencing an asthma attack.
      • Describe how to report the event of an asthma attack and your care to more advanced medical personnel.
      • Demonstrate the use of a metered-dose inhaler.