Lifeguarding Courses

Our Aquatics Program offers a variety of options for certifying as a lifeguard! 

Masks are recommended, but not required, while in UNC facilities.

Course Prerequisites:

  • At least 15 years of age by the end of the training.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Students may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Students should place their hands under their armpits.
  • Complete timed events, without goggles, within 1 minute, 40 seconds:
    -Starting in the water, swim 20 yards with face in the water.
    -Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. brick and return to the surface.  
    -Swim, on the surface, 20 yards on the back to the starting point with both hands holding the brick and keeping the face at the surface to breathe.
    -Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

All UNC Aquatics programs are open to UNC faculty, staff, their families, and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community.  If you are a member of the university community, you can use your ONYEN to login and register.  If you do not have an ONYEN, please email with the full name and birth date of the participant.  A login and password will be created for you to access the registration software. 

Refund Policy
UNC Aquatics requests notice of cancellation in writing two weeks prior to session start date.  Refunds are not granted with less than two weeks’ notice.  A processing fee will be charged for all refunds issued.  Non-attendance does not entitle you to a refund.  This includes, but is not limited to, illness, vacation, or inclement weather.  Your registration holds your spot in the class.  Refunds are not issued if prerequisite testing is not successful on the first night of class and a student is unable to continue with the course.

Please note that if we have to cancel a class for weather or facility issues, we will do our best to contact you as soon as possible using the numbers you provided during registration and either reschedule or offer a refund.

Aquatic Certifications Program Registration Link




Course Offerings 


Blended Learning Lifeguarding

The American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguarding course utilizes online modules, classroom lectures, and in-water practice to teach candidates the skills needed to help prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Certification includes Lifeguarding skills, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, valid for 2 years upon successful completion.

Criteria for certification:

  1. Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.
  2. Complete all eLearning units prior the in-person sessions.
  3. Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  4. Demonstrate competency in a required final rescue skill scenarios.
  5. Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid, Lifeguarding, and Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exams with an 80 percent or better.




  • February 24-26, 2023
  • March 3-5, 2023
  • March 24-26, 2023
  • March 31-April 2, 2023
  • April 14-16, 2023
  • April 21-23, 2023


  • Friday, 5:15pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday, 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sunday, 12:00pm-8:00pm

*time for lunch on Saturday will be built into the class schedule

Course Length:

  • eLearning Time: 7 hours
  • In-Person Time: 19 hours, 55 minutes


Lifeguarding Review Sessions

The purpose of a review course is to give individuals the opportunity to review the course content within a formal course setting. The review course format optimizes a participant’s ability to successfully complete the knowledge and skills evaluations.  To participate in a review course, individuals must have a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate or an American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate expired by no more than 30 days.

Criteria for certification:

  1. Attend and participate in all class sessions. 
  2. Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities. 
  3. Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  4. Pass the CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid, and Lifeguarding final written exams with an 80 percent or better.




  • February 18, 2023
  • March 25, 2023
  • April 15, 2023

Class Schedule: 

  • Saturday, 9:00am-8:00pm

Course Length:

  • Classroom and pool time- 9 hours, 40 minutes



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