Certifications

We partner with certified professionals who are leaders in their field and have a passion for teaching. Whether you are needing CPR and First Aid for employment, are looking to develop professionally through our Emergency Medical Technician training, or would like to become a leader in the backcountry with our Wilderness First Responder course, we can help you achieve your goals.

 

Lifeguard Certification Course

September 2 - 20

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to recognize and eliminate common aquatic hazards, accidents and injuries. Participants must be at least 15 years of age and have excellent swim skills. Includes training and certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Class space is limited. 

Program Fee: 
$250
Program Fee Includes: 
Lifeguard training manual, pocket mask and certification cards
Day and Time: 
Tuesday & Thursday • 6:00 - 9:00 PM & Saturday • 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Arcata Community Pool, 1150 16th Street, Arcata
Notes: 
Please be prepared to participate in swimming pre-test. Makeup class sessions cost $40.00 per hour. Please call the Arcata Community Pool for more information and to register • (707) 822-6801

Wilderness First Responder with Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS

January 7 - 16

This challenging 80 hour course is designed to provide outdoor leaders, instructors, guides, rangers and travelers with the knowledge needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings. This class meets national standards for urban and extended care situations and is recognized by many agencies, schools and institutions. All levels of previous training are welcome. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. EMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years. Please note that the registration deadline is well in advance of the course. Please visit www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wfr.shtml for more information about the Wilderness Medicine Institute and NOLS courses.

Program Fee: 
$605 HSU Students • $660 All Others
Day and Time: 
See WMI website for course schedule
Location: 
HSU Campus • Nelson Hall East 102 • Goodwin Forum
Notes: 
You will be required to pay a 50% deposit to secure a space in the class
Early Bird Discount: 
A discount of $20 will be given for those who register before November 21
Registration Deadline: 
December 5 • unless spaces are not filled

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

February 1
This six-hour course is the highest level of CPR offered and is designed for first responders and health-care professionals to help care for victims in the event of an emergency. The course contents include recognizing an emergency, legal obligations, preventing disease transmission, working with different breathing barriers for resuscitation, and learning how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a certificate in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 
Recreation and Wellness Center Lounge

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

February 7
This six-hour course is the highest level of CPR offered and is designed for first responders and health-care professionals to help care for victims in the event of an emergency. The course contents include recognizing an emergency, legal obligations, preventing disease transmission, working with different breathing barriers for resuscitation, and learning how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a certificate in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.
Program Fee: 
$70 HSU Students • $85 All Others
Day and Time: 
Saturday • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 
Recreation and Wellness Center Lounge

First Aid and Adult CPR/AED

February 8
This five hour course gives individuals in the work-place the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illnesses until advanced medical personnel arrive. The course contents include how to recognize an emergency, learning how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, and how to deal with sudden illnesses, wounds, and injuries to muscles, bones, and joints. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive certification in First Aid and Adult CPR/AED.
 
Program Fee: 
$65 HSU Students • $80 All Others
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: 
Recreation and Wellness Center Lounge

(RRC-ACA-SWR) River Rescue Certification RQ3/ACA Swiftwater Rescue with Sierra Rescue

February 13 - 14
A DYNAMIC water rescue course specifically written and designed for private boaters, kayakers and non-profit organizations! Basic river skills are a prerequisite! Emphasis is on identifying hazards and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others. This is the class you want as a boater to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong. The two day format makes the course more affordable and accessible. The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers.
Program Fee: 
$250 HSU Students • $275 All Others
Day and Time: 
Friday & Saturday • 8:00 AM
Location: 
Trinity River Park
Notes: 
Participants must come prepared for full submersion.

(RRC-Pro) River Rescue Certification Professional Course with Sierra Rescue

February 13 - 15
An Internationally recognized water rescue certification that is written for Professional BOATERS, by Professional BOATERS. It is a fast paced, scenario based course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This curriculum is for river guides and kayakers that spend a good portion of their lives on the river in a professional capacity, and therefore have a solid base of boating and basic rescue skills already.
Prerequisite: 
Current River Guide, completed guide school, some rescue training in the use of throw bags, basic knots and anchors.
Program Fee: 
$300 HSU Students • $325 All Others
Day and Time: 
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday • 8:00 AM
Location: 
Trinity River Park
Notes: 
Participants must come prepared for full submersion.

ACA Instructor Certification Workshop for Whitewater Kayak

February 27 - March 1 & March 7 - 8
Learn to be a fun, safe, and effective whitewater kayak instructor! This course will help aspiring instructors improve their teaching abilities, while adhering to the ACA’s golden standard of excellence. We will explore teaching styles, as well as student learning styles, practice teaching skills and giving presentations both on and off of the water. The course will cover teaching progressions for hard skills and boating concepts. You will also have lots of opportunity to hone your own personal paddling skills and technique. Candidates are tested on teaching ability, technical knowledge, and the ability to perform rescues and maintain safety. Modeling ability, paddling skill, and communication skills will also be assessed. This class is tons of FUN, and a great opportunity for personal paddling and instructional growth. The ACA is a world-wide organization, dedicated to promoting safety and education in paddle sports, and the golden standard for kayak instruction in the country. For more information about the American Canoe Association and this certification, please visit www.americancanoe.org/?page=Become_an_Instructor.
Program Fee: 
Level 1: $180 HSU Students • $200 All others; Level 2: $280 HSU Students • $300 All others; Level 3: $380 HSU Students • $400 All others; Level 4: $480 HSU Students • $500 All others
Day and Time: 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first weekend and Saturday and Sunday for the second. Level 1 and 2 certification conclude by the end of the first weekend. Levels 3 - 4 must attend both weekends. In general, we will meet every morning at 8:30 AM and participants should expect to be on the water until 5:30 PM.
Location: 
Day 1: Stone Lagoon Visitor Center

EMT Refresher

March 6 - 8

Current or less than 1 year expired NREMT candidates who wish to maintain national certification can also take this course for the "Transition" updated curriculum. Additional prerequisites required for Transition/Refresher candidates. Please contact EMT instructors at hsuemt@gmail.com for additional information.

Prerequisite: 
Current EMT Certification or less than 1 year expired and a current CPR for the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer
Program Fee: 
$175 HSU Students • $195 All Others
Day and Time: 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location: 
Nelson Hall East 102 • Goodwin Forum

EMT Skills Verification

March 8
Those who need their Skills Verification List checked off may participate during the last day of the EMT Refresher class. Please contact Center Activities for further information regarding details and registration. Advance registration and pre-payment is required.
Program Fee: 
$50 HSU Students • $75 All Others
Day and Time: 
Sunday • 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Location: 
Nelson Hall East 102 • Goodwin Forum
Registration Deadline: 
Monday • March 2

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