Health + Safety Certifications

Recreational Sports is committed to offering health and safety classes to students, faculty, staff, and community members throughout the year.


The health & safety classes offered by Virginia Tech Rec Sports are conducted through the American Red Cross. These programs are offered in a blended learning format. This means that you will be required to complete a portion of the class online prior to attending in-person training.

CPR/AED/First Aid Lay Responder (Adult, Child, Infant) 

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.

VT Affiliate- $60 | Non-VT Affiliate-$80

Tuesday, January 28
5:30 - 8:30pm

Saturday, February 29
1:00 - 4:30pm

Monday, March 23
5:00 - 8:30pm


Lifeguarding Classes

Full Certification Courses

VT Affiliate - $175 | Non-VT Affiliate - $200

January 31 - February 2

March 20 - 22

April 17 - 19




CPR for the Professional Rescuer Classes

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers course is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. 

VT Affiliate - $75 | Non-VT Affiliate - $95

Sunday, February 9
1:00 - 5:30pm

Thursday, March 5
5:30 - 10:00pm

Saturday, April 4
1:00 - 5:30pm


Lifeguarding Classes

Lifeguard Recertification Class

VT Affiliate - $100 | Non-VT Affiliate - $125

Saturday, February 15
12:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, March 28

12:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday, April 25

12:00 - 8:00pm




Please sign up online or in person at 142 McComas Hall with cash, credit cards, or checks 3 business days prior to the class. Please make checks payable to: Treasurer of Virginia Tech

Lifeguard Class Prerequisites

  • Continuous 300-yard swim while showing rhythmic breathing. Only freestyle or breaststroke is permitted.
  • Two-minute tread without using your hands.
  • Timed Brick Event
    • A 10lb rubber brick is placed at the bottom of the pool about 20 yards from the beginning point. The participant must swim to the brick, dive down and get it, come up, and return to the starting point with both hands on the brick. The participant is not allowed to use their hands or touch the bottom with their feet. Once back at the starting point, the participant must stand up, throw the brick out of the water, and then exit the water. The participant has 1 minute and 40 seconds to complete this task.
  • Failure to successfully complete the prerequisites prior to the class will result in dismissal of the class with partial reimbursement.

Lifeguard Re-certification Prerequisites

  • Participants must provide their current certification

A partial refund will be given if the participant requests one during the registration period. No refunds will be given after the registration period has closed.  A $10 fee will be administered for all refunds. 

Class Cancellation
Health and Safety classes with fewer than three participants will be cancelled and participants will recieve a full refund for the class.

Parking on campus
Depending on your affiliation with the university and the time of the day, there may be parking restrictions.  Please refer to the Parking and Transportation website for details. All health and safety classes are held in 198 McComas Hall  Please know that the McComas parking lot will be closed during home basketball games. Please check the men's and women'sbasketball schedule.

Class Accommodations and Special Needs
If you need special accommodations for your Health and Safety class, please contact the Aquatics Coordinator, Lyncee Kowalcik at

Private classes
We offer private Health and Safety classes for groups of 10 or more.  For more information, please contact Lyncee Kowalcik at