LIFEGUARD INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor

The American Red Cross 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.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor certificate valid for 2 years.

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Possess a current Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Complete the online portion of the Lifeguarding Instructor course thru the Red Cross learning center (before the first day of class)
  • Pass two rescue skill scenarios that test lifeguarding and CPR (on the first day of 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)

Maintaining a Lifeguarding Instructor and/or Instructor Trainer Certification

Q. How can Lifeguarding Instructors maintain their instructor certification?
A. To maintain certification as a Lifeguarding Instructor, instructors must:
▪ Teach or co-teach at least one Lifeguarding or Shallow Water Lifeguarding courses of record during the 2-year certification period.
▪ Successfully complete an in-person Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course prior to instructor certification expiration date.

Q. How can Lifeguarding Instructor Trainers maintain their instructor trainer certification?
A. To maintain certification as a Lifeguarding Instructor Trainer, ITs must:
▪ Teach at least one Lifeguarding Instructor courses of record or teach at least two Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review courses.
▪ Successfully complete an in-person Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course prior to instructor certification expiration date.

Q. Are Lifeguarding Instructors or Instructor Trainers required to maintain a basic-level certification?
A. No, Lifeguarding Instructor’s and Instructor Trainers are not required to maintain a basic-level Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification to maintain their Instructor and/or Instructor Trainer certification, however, Instructors/ITs who wish to work or volunteer as a Lifeguard must maintain a basic-level Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification. The Lifeguarding Instructor/IT certifications are not equivalent to a basic-level certification. Individuals without a basic-level certification are not recognized as certified lifeguards.

Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review Course

Q. How long is the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course?
A. The Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course is up to 7 hours and 30 minutes.

Q. What content/skills are covered in the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course?
A. The Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course includes:
▪ Lifeguarding Program Review
▪ Administrative Updates/Information
▪ Written Exam
▪ Skill Practice and Polish Session including in-water skills, drills and Multiple-Rescuer Response scenarios

Q. Are Instructors/Instructor Trainers required to successfully complete the passive, submerged victim scenario in 1 minute, 30 seconds as a part of the Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review Course?
A. No. Instructors and Instructor Trainers will participate in all course activities including the lifeguard recognition and response drills but are not required to successfully complete the scenario in 1 minute, 30 seconds. Instructors/ITs wishing to earn a basic-level LG certification must complete all timed final skills scenarios.

Q. What happens if an instructor or instructor trainer fails the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course or is unable to successfully complete the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course prior to their certification expiration date?
A. Lifeguarding instructors and instructor trainers who do not successfully complete the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer are permitted to re-take the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course as many times as needed until their instructor or instructor trainer certification expires. If an instructor or instructor trainer is unable to successfully complete the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course before their certification expires, their instructor/instructor trainer certification will expire. Lifeguarding Instructors with an expired certification may participate in a Lifeguarding Instructor Crossover/Re-Entry Bridge OR a Lifeguarding Instructor course to gain a new lifeguarding instructor certification. There is no Crossover/Re-Entry Bridge option for lifeguarding instructor trainers.

Q. Are Instructors/Instructor Trainers required to complete the Lifeguarding pre-course session during the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course?
A. Lifeguarding Instructors/Instructor Trainers are not required to complete the pre-course session, unless they chose to attend the optional test out session to earn a basic-level certification.

Q. How can a Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer earn a basic-level certification/what is included in the optional test out session after the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course?
A. Lifeguarding Instructors/Instructor Trainers who wish to gain a basic-level certification may participate in an optional test out session at the conclusion of the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course. The test out session includes:
▪ The Lifeguarding pre-course skills session (300-yard swim, tread water and timed event)
▪ The Lifeguarding course final skill scenarios:
o Timed passive, submerged victim rescue with extrication, primary assessment followed by 3-minutes of one-rescuer CPR.
o Multiple-Rescuer Response Scenario #3 (timed scenario)
▪ The Lifeguarding course final written exams:
o Exam 1: CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid
o Exam 2: Lifeguarding Skills

Q. Who can take the basic-level test out at the conclusion of the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course?
A. Current Lifeguarding Instructors and/or Instructor Trainers in good standing may take the basic-level test out at the conclusion of the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course. Participants are not required to have a current basic-level certification.

Q. Can a Lifeguarding Instructor who is not an Instructor Trainer teach/conduct the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course and/or the basic-level test out?
A. No. Only Lifeguarding Instructor Trainers or Waterfront Lifeguarding Instructor Trainers may teach the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course and/or conduct the optional basic-level test out.

Q. Can new Lifeguarding instructors or those who have not completed the Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course participate in the basic-level test out?
A. No. The basic-level test out is not available as a stand-alone course. Instructor trainers may only conduct a basic-level test out immediately following a Lifeguarding Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review course.

Refund Policy – All fees are nonrefundable and no refunds will be issued once fees have been submitted. Class materials and supplies such as course manuals and textbooks, CPR masks and all other class supplies are nonrefundable.

Transfer Policy – Training must be completed by 8/15/21 (the last Lifeguard Instructor class of the year). The Lifeguard Instructor / Instructor Trainer Review class transfer fee is $150 and registered participants are required to complete an online Transfer Request at least 72 hours prior to the original class date in order to be eligible to transfer. Transfers will only be granted if space is available in a future class. 

Class Space is Limited. If a registered participant decides to leave the class for any reason, they will NOT receive a refund and will NOT be eligible to transfer to a different class.

No Show Policy – If a registered participant is a no-show and absent from their scheduled class, the participant will not receive a refund of any kind and is not eligible for a class transfer.

Cancelled Class Policy – Safe Swim/Heart CPR 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 at no additional charge or a full refund.