American Red Cross Lifeguard  Instructor Certification
  • All new 2017 Lifeguard Instructor course trains instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • This course prepares instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course.
• Be at least 17 years old
• Possess a current Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
• Complete the online Lifeguard Instructor course for $37 thru the ARC learning center (before the first day of class)
• Pass two rescue skill scenarios that test lifeguarding and CPR (on the first day of class)
  • 2 year American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor certification
Fact Sheet
Register Class Dates Schedule Fee Location
Register Oct 12 & 13, 2019 7am-7pm $385 Irvine, CA 92620
Register Dec 7 & 8, 2019 7am-7pm $385 Irvine, CA 92620
Lifeguard Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review
Lifeguard Instructor Class FAQs

What to Bring to Class

  • Proof that you are at least 17 years old
  • Current (valid) Red Cross Lifeguard certificates
  • Completed Registration Form
  • Online Course completion report
  • Lifeguard Instructor Manual (hard copy)
  • Lifeguarding Manual (digital or hard copy)
  • Study Guide (printed copy)
  • Instructor Candidate Practice Teaching Workbook (printed copy)
  • Lifeguarding Course Presentation (downloaded to a laptop)
  • A swim suit, towel, and dry comfortable clothes
  • Adult and Infant CPR pocket masks (may be purchased at class for $25/set)
  • Hip pack (fanny pack)

Links to the course materials will be emailed to you once you register for a class.

Print Your Certification & Class Receipt

Once the Red Cross has approved the course record, participants will be able to print their certification thru the Red Cross Learning Center.

To print your certification follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username and password (the same user name and password you sign up for the online course)
  3. Click “My Learning” tab (top navigation)
  4. Click “My Transcript” under My Learning (left navigation)
  5. Set the Completion after and before dates accordingly; and click the “Search” button
  6. Click “Print Certificate of Completion” under Completion Status next to course you took
  7. A digital certificate will appear in a new window, click “Print”

If you require a wallet size certificate card or you need assistance logging in to your account or printing your certification, please contact the American Red Cross Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Additionally, if you ever lose your certification, you can log on and reprint it from your account.

Note: Safe Swim is unable to reset your password, print your certificate or access your account, please contact the Red Cross for assistance.

Print Training Receipt – PDF

Note: To customize your class receipt, you will need Adobe Reader and input the fields as they pertain to the course(s) you completed.

Courses a Lifeguard Instructor can teach

Lifeguard Instructors can teach the following Red Cross courses. Note: Basic level certification is required before an LGI can teach some courses/modules.

Lifeguard Program Courses
Shallow Water Lifeguarding
Waterfront Skills Module
Waterpark Skills Module
Lifeguard Management

Water Safety Courses
Basic Water Rescue
Safety Training for Swim Coaches
Water Safety Presentations

First Aid and CPR Courses
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
Lay responder First Aid/CPR/AED

First Aid  Add-on Training Modules
Administering Emergency Oxygen
Bloodborne Pathogens Training
Asthma Inhaler Training
Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training


Program Policies

Class Transfers – The LGI class transfer fee is $150 and registered participants are required to submit a Transfer Request online at least 72 hours prior to the original class date. Training must be completed within 60 days of the original class date. Only (1) transfer per registration.

No Refunds – Training/class fees are nonrefundable and No refunds will be issued once fees have been submitted. In the event that a participant is unable to pass the prerequisites or final exams the participant may transfer to a class at a later date (if available). If a participant is absent from any scheduled class days or times, the participant will not be offered a transfer or refund of any kind.

No Visitors – Only registered participants are allowed on the pool deck or in the classrooms during training. All visitors including parents must wait in the parking lot.

Cancelled Classes – Safe Swim reserves the right to cancel classes as needed. In the event a class is canceled registered participants will be offered a transfer to a different class free of charge or a full refund of the training deposit.

Lifeguard Instructor Class