Certification Classes

We offer a range of nationally recognized certification classes that teach safety and survival skills such as CPR/First Aid/AED, Wilderness Medicine, Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instruction as well as Babysitting. Interested in becoming a Personal Trainer or Health Coach? Register for a Certification Prep Class to prepare yourself before taking the official exam. 

View current schedules and register here. 



Does your job (ie camp counselor, event staff etc.) require you to have CPR/AED certification? If so, this is the course for you. Our professional rescuer course is designed for people with job-related duties in emergency preparedness and response. This course teaches students to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants, use of an AED on a victim of cardiac arrest and use of personal protective equipment to stop blood-borne pathogens and other diseases from spreading. Instruction includes two person rescue techniques and other life saving equipment.

Recertification: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and personal safety for the professional rescuer. Prior certification is required. Attendance is mandatory for certification. Successful completion will lead to adult CPR/FPR certification.


First Aid

Does your job (ie camp counselor, event staff etc.) require you to have First Aid certification? If so, this is the course for you. This course combines lectures, demonstrations and video with hands-on training and practice. Participants will learn first aid for everything from cuts and scrapes to muscle, bone and joint injuries as well as learn to recognize and respond to emergencies including shock, sudden illnesses, poisonings and heat and cold emergencies.

Health Coach Certification Prep course

Are you excited about the field of Health and Wellness? The Health Coach certification course offers knowledge and understanding about the world of health coaching. This emerging field encompasses the understanding of emotional, behavioral, physical, nutritional, exercise and lifestyle factors that will help coaches support clients as they strive to reach lifestyle and weight-management goals. The course will cover current, research based information through lecture and implementation of skills through hands-on lab sections in the cutting edge Wellness Center.

Lifeguard Training


The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide lifeguard candidates and 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.

 Pre-requisites for this course are:

  1) Swim 300 yards continuously freestyle or breaststroke. (no time limit) 
  2) Swim 20 yards, surface dive to 7-10 ft to retrieve a 10-pound brick, swim back 20 yards with both      hands on brick, and brick above water.  Time limit: 1 min 40 sec
  3) Tread water for 2 minutes, legs only, certification candidate may NOT use arms.

On successful completion of the course, participants receive two certificates: one for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training/First Aid which is valid for two years, and the second for American Red Cross CPR/AED/FPR which is valid for two years. Attendance is mandatory for certification.

Recertification: This course is intended for individuals that need to renew their certification in Lifeguard Training. All skills and written test material (including: Lifeguarding, CPR, AED and First Aid) will be tested in a challenge format (no teaching or coaching). Newly revised skills will be reviewed before testing. Must have prior certification in Lifeguard Training, issued within the past 4 years.

Personal Training Certification Prep Course

Do you want to be able to design your own fitness program? Become a nationally certified personal trainer? Establish and reach your fitness goals? If you answered yes, this course is for you! UCSB now offers the only nationally recognized NASM personal training certification prep course in Santa Barbara. Get involved in one of the fastest growing job industries and learn to identify the most effective and efficient training methods practiced today. Topics cover exercise science, theory and fitness program development. Labs focus on practical application, fitness assessment, exercise development and program implementation.

Title 22

This course meets the first aid requirements for Title 22 of the California State Health and Safety Code specified for lifeguards, sheriffs and other public safety personnel. 

Recertification: This course meets the first aid requirements for Title 22 of the California State Health and Safety Code specified for lifeguards, sheriffs and other public safety personnel. Requires prior certification to take this review course. 


Water Fitness

A water workout designed to enhance cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. This challenging class, set to music, is for participants of all fitness levels and swimming abilities. Join us in the pool and enjoy the many benefits the water environment offers.

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness and backcountry medicine differs significantly from conventional EMS and standard Red Cross courses that are oriented to the urban environment. In these courses, you will learn to deal with medical emergencies when help is miles away and dialing 911 is not an option. You will be prepared for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment. Wilderness First Responder is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Successful completion of the 72 hour course course will include Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification card from Wilderness Medical Associates valid for 3 years. This CPR course curriculum is consistent with current American Heart Association standards at the healthcare provider level. In addition, it addresses in more detail the special concerns in a remote or wilderness setting including oxygen use and basic airway management tools.


Amy Jamieson
MS, CPT, PES, Certified Nutritionist AASDN

Amy Jamieson is a faculty member at UC Santa Barbara in the department of Exercise and Sports Studies. She has over 15 years experience in the wellness and fitness industry and spends most of her time working as a lecturer and educator. Amy holds a Masters Degree in Exercise and Health Science with an emphasis in performance enhancement and injury prevention. In addition she is a certified Nutritionist through the AASDN and serves as the MyPlate Ambassador at UC Santa Barbara. Amy sits on the ESS Wellness Committee, responsible for creating and implementing student wellness based programs and resources. Amy’s enthusiasm in the field of fitness and wellness encompasses experience in nutrition, pre/post natal fitness, youth fitness, senior fitness, post-rehab training, sports specific training, posture, alignment and stabilization training as well as general fitness and health.

Bobbi Houghton
Aquatics Instructor

Bobbi Houghton is an Aquatic Specialist. Currently Bobbi is an instructor at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College, the Aquatic Director at La Cumbre Golf and Country Club and the Lifeguard Supervisor at Hope Ranch Beach. She teaches all ages to swim as well as teaches safety courses that keep individuals safe and healthy while around any body of water. Bobbi holds a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from UCLA that has enabled her to analyze and correct all aquatic skills. She has coached swim teams from Novice to UCSB Women’s team from 1970-76 and was the Athletic Director for the Women’s program at UCSB from 1973-76.  She has volunteered and been associated with The American Red Cross for 51 years. She is a master instructor for Water Safety and Lifeguarding programs for the American Red Cross and continues to teach and certify CPR/AED and First Aid courses at all levels as well as certify swim/aquatic programs. Aquatic activities, synchronized swimming, water polo, water skiing, sailing etc. are parts of Bobbi’s background and she loves sharing with those enthusiastic to learn.