Health and Water Safety Courses

NC State students taking a Health and Water Safety course with Wellness and Recreation

Our aquatics program offers various American Red Cross courses throughout the year to NC State students and Wellness and Recreation members.

For class registration, please visit member services, located in the lobby of the Wellness and Recreation Center.

For additional information, please contact:

Wellness and Recreation Aquatics
P: (919) 513-1555

Lifeguarding (Blended Learning Format)

Course length: 19.5 hours

The blended-learning lifeguard course builds the same knowledge and skills as the traditional in-person training. The online format includes interactive lessons and activities that can be completed on your own time before the start of the first session date. Instructor-led sessions reinforce the learning and the practical skill-building portion of the class.

Upcoming Session:


  • Friday, September 16 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, September¬†17 | 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 18 | 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Student | $225
  • Wellness and Recreation Member | $250

Register by: Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Lifeguard Re-Certification

Lifeguarding review classes are designed to help you update your skills while also extending your certification for another two years. You must have a valid American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or one that has expired within 30 days.

Upcoming Session:


  • Friday November 4, 2022 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday November 5, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.


  • Student | $125
  • Wellness and Recreation Member | $150

Register by: Thursday, November 3, 2022.

Certification Requirements

  • Successfully complete the prerequisites.
  • Attend and actively participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Score a minimum of 80 percent on the instructor course final written exam.
  • Individuals in the Lifeguard (blended learning format must successfully complete the online sessions before the start of class).


  • Participants must be NC State students or 18 years or older to participate in our lifeguard courses.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both.
  • Tread water for two minutes using only the participant’s legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds without goggles.
    • Starting in the water the participant will swim 20 yards to retrieve a 10-pound object at a depth of 10 feet by either performing a feet-first surface dive or a head-first surface dive.


No refund will be issued if you are unable to pass the prerequisite skills evaluation and/or the lifeguarding re-certification course.