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Health + Safety Certifications

Sports Medicine Training

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

  • 6/18: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 7/16: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 8/6: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Lifeguarding Classes

Full Certification Courses


  • VT Affiliate - $175
  • Non-VT Affiliate - $200

This course will not be offered in the fall 2020 semester.


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.

Lifeguarding Classes

Lifeguard Recertification Class


  • VT Affiliate - $100
  • Non-VT Affiliate - $125

This course will not be offered in the fall 2020 semester.


  • Participants must provide their current certification


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

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. 

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