Certification Programs

All Lifeguard,CPR, and First Aid programs are taught to American Red Cross standards.
Session I: January 23 - February 3, 2017
​Session II: April 10-21, 2017
​Session III: May 15-19 (Intensive class)
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.
Please be prepared to participate in swimming pre-test.
Price: $250 Book NOT included, electronic version is available for no charge
*As of January 2017, this is a new program and no recertification or challenge classes will be offered.
Session I & II:
Days & Times: Monday through Friday 5:00-9:00pm
​Session III:
9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Saturday

This American Red Cross program is for those interested in teaching basic swimming classes.  The course includes methods of teaching swimming to infants and preschoolers, the Learn to Swim Program, Community Water Safety and those meeting the criteria, Safety Training for Swim Coaches.  This course DOES NOT provide certification to teach Lifeguard Training. 
This is a blended learning course.  Class room content will be online.
Price: $300
Days & Times: TBA
Prerequiste: Must be 16 years old, possess excellent swimming skills and pass the precourse test.

                         Pre-Scuba        Class Runs                       Open Water Dive Weekend
Session I:          January 23          January 28-March 5             March 3-5
​Session II:         March 20             March 25-April 30                April 28-30

The NAUI SCUBA Diver Course is a five week course of instruction in the use of open circuit SCUBA and ocean skills applicable to the North Coast. The class consists of Saturday classroom lectures at the Alpha Dive facility in Fairhaven, and Monday night confined water (pool) sessions at the Arcata Community Pool. The course concludes with open water dives in Mendocino over a weekend. Students will be required to provide a set of personal dive equipment to successfully complete the course. Student equipment requirements are discussed in detail during pre-scuba. Tuition includes a certification card and use of SCUBA for confined and open water. 
This course is compliant with Humboldt State University's Dive program standards for NAUI SCUBA Diver (additional fees apply for the HSU module).
For additional information contact Alpha Diving at 707-825-7880 or at alpha.divers@hotmail.com

Tuition & Fees: $565 Plus additional charges for equipment
Days & Times:
Classroom session: Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Practices: Mondays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Students may register for Scuba, but must attend and pass the Pre-Scuba Class.
Fees: $7.50 drop-in fee
Time: 6:00 -9:00 pm, additional equipment required

                         Pre-Scuba      Class Starts   Open Water Dive Weekend
Students complete the academic and confined water requirements (in the pool), including taking and passing the written final.  The student has 30 days to go to the planned destination, find a participating instructor, do the qualifying dives, then return URP packet to Alpha Diving.  Alpha Diving will complete the certification paperwork.  
Tuition: $500
Days & Times: Please call Alpha Diving for more information at 707.825.7880

This 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 reathing barriers for resuscitiation, 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.
Price: $85
Day & Time:
Saturdays 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Recreation & Wellness Center, HSU Campus


Sess I: April 15, 2017
This five-hour course is designed to focus on the three levels of CPR and AED.  Course contents include how to recognize an emergency, preventing disease transmission, and learning to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, children and infants.  Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED.  Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a certification in First Aid and Adult CPR/AED.
Price: $80
Day & Time:  Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Recreation & Wellness Center, HSU Campus


Sess I: February 11, 2017
​Session II: April 22, 2017

The purpose of this five hour course is to give individuals in the work-place the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for injuries and sudden illness until advanced medical personnel arrive.  The course contents include how to recognize an emergency, learning how to care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, and dealing with sudden illnesses, wounds, and injuries to muscles, bones, and joints.  
Price: $80
Day & Time:
Session I & II: Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Recreation & Wellness Center, HSU Campus