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Lifeguarding Instructor Course


Course Purpose

The primary purpose of this American Red Cross Basic Lifeguarding Instructor Course is to train current lifeguards to be Certified Lifeguard instructors This course uses the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course as its base and reflect the United States Lifeguarding Standards.

Course Prerequisites

Candidates must:

  1. Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding and CPR, AED and First Aid 

  2. Be at least 17 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course

  3. Must successfully complete the online portion of the Lifeguarding Instructor course and receive completion status prior to the in-person skill session 


Who Needs this Lifeguard Instructor Course? 

Individuals who want to be a qualified and certified lifeguard instructor.

Lifeguard Instructor Learning Objectives

  • Exhibit the characteristics required of an American Red Cross representative and role model

  • Follow the directives and procedures related to the conduct and administration of American Red Cross courses, including the Instructor Agreement and Instructor Code of Conduct

  • Conduct courses in a manner that helps participants to stay engaged in the learning process and meet course objectives

  • Perform applicable Lifeguarding skills to the standard at instructor-level skill proficiency

  • Plan for and ensure participants health and safety during training

  • Maintain complete and accurate records and reports

  • Plan, organize and conduct the Lifeguarding courses in accordance with Red Cross policies and procedures and the requirements of the specific course they will be teaching

  • Monitor participants’ practice, evaluate performance and provide corrective feedback and encouragement that is consistent with the skill assessment tools.

  • Recognize that the requirements in the skill assessment tools are criteria for ascertaining the proficiency of a participant performance

  • Effectively use program materials and training equipment for the online prerequisite, pre-course skills session and classroom component

  • Explain procedures for acknowledging course completion and accessing American Red Cross digital certificates

  • Deliver quality, consistent and standardized content by following the Lifeguarding Instructor’s Manual

Lifeguard Instructor Learning Objectives 

​Candidates must:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in all of the prerequisite skills

  • Describe the unique aspects of lifeguarding

  • Demonstrate how to perform the lifeguard rescue skills safely and effectively


Our Instructors

Our instructors for this course are currently certified Lifeguard instructors.  

Lifeguard Instructor Certification Requirements

​To successfully complete the Lifeguarding Instructor course, candidates must:

  • Successfully complete the online Introduction to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor course

  • Successfully complete the Pre-course Skills Session

  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions

  • Successfully complete class activities, including the required practice-teaching assignments

  • Demonstrate instructor-level skill competency in all skills and scenarios

  • Pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent.

Certificate Validity Period

The American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding Instructor and CPR, AED and First Aid is valid for 2 years from the date the course is completed 

Required Class Materials

Materials must be purchased before entering the first session of the Lifeguard Instructor's course:

Cost $34.99

Cost: $34.99

Cost: $175.00

Lifeguard Instructor's Course Cost and Length

The Lifeguard Instructor's course is available in two different training formats:

  • Online* + In-person: 

    • Online: 7 hours

    • In-person: 19 hours and 45 minutes

  • Cost*: $300



  • In-person training: 28 hours and 35 minutes

    • Offered to groups of 6 or more​

    • Please email or call for best group pricing

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  • The link to the Online component will be emailed to you and you will be contacted to set up the in-person session once registration has been completed.

  • Cost of class may vary depending on venue location.

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