Lifeguard Instructor Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended Learning, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Water Park Skills, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training courses and/or modules.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Possess a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certification from the American Red Cross or equivalent, recognized organization
  • Successfully complete the online session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course, which consists of the following:
    -Orientation to the American Red Cross
    -Orientation to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course and Precourse Exam
  • Successfully complete the Precourse Session
  • Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor’s Manual and Lifeguarding Manual after you have successfully completed the Precourse Session.

Criteria for certification:

  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions
  • Successfully complete class activities, including the four practice-teaching assignments
  • Score a minimum of 80% on the Bloodborne Pathogens Training Instructor Self-Study Test
  • Score a minimum of 80% on the basic-level Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exam
  • Score a minimum of 80% on the instructor course final written exam




  • TBA

Class Schedule: 

  • Friday 5:15-9:15 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. 

Course Length:

21 hours

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