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Lifeguard Instructor Course

Course Description

The purpose of the Lifeguard Instructor Course is to train individual’s ages 17 and older who have a current American Red Cross lifeguard certification or equivalent certification from another organization to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Blended Learning, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training courses and other modules.

The Lifeguard Instructor courses have an American Red Cross "Blended Learning" portion, which consist of Orientation to the American Red Cross, Orientation to the Lifeguard Instructor Course and precourse exam. The link for the online content will be e-mailed to individuals upon registering for a course. Due to the length of the online content individuals may NOT register less than 48 hours before the scheduled training session for that course. Participants must successfully complete the online material prior to the first on-site training session and provide the course instructor with a copy of their online completion certificate. 


In order for an individual to participate in these courses they must be able to pass a prerequisite skills evaluation.  The skills evaluation will be administered the first day of the course and includes the following:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing.  You may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on your back or side is not allowed.  You may use swim goggles.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Hands should be placed under your armpits.
  3. Complete the timed event within 1 minute , 40 seconds (Swim goggles are NOT allowed on this skill)
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards with your face in or out of the water. 
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object.
    • Return to the surface and kick 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point. Keep both hands on the object with your face at or near the surface of the water so you are able to breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Your time stops once you have put the object on the pool deck and you exited the pool without using a ladder or steps.
  4. Demonstrate skill proficiency in four scenarios involving water rescue, CPR/AED, and backboarding.
    **There will be NO refund for individuals who fail the prerequisite skills evaluation. **

Course Cost

Course NSU Students/Faculty/Staff General Public

Lifeguard Instructor/Instructor Trainer Review



Next Course Dates and Times

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