Hello, thank you for visiting UF RecSports Lifeguard Instructor Certification page! At this time, all RecSports Lifeguard Certification courses are on hold. We will update this page with more information about future scheduling for the Summer and Fall semesters.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions, and how to evaluate participants’ progress. Certification is current for 2 years from the course completion date. This course is designed for individuals who want to pursue a job as a Lifeguarding Instructor. The online session for the course takes approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes to complete. The classroom sessions take approximately 22 hours to complete. Participants MUST attend all class dates and successfully pass a water skills and written test.


  • ​Be at least 17 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.
  • Possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate.
  • Successfully complete the online session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course.
  • Successfully complete the Pre-Course skills session.

Spring Course Offerings:

Session 1:

  • Monday, March 9th 5:00-9:00pm (Pre-Course Skills Session)
  • Thursday, March 12th 5:00 -8:00pm
  • Friday, March 13th 5:00 -8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 14th 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, March 15th 9:00am-5:00pm

​For additional information, contact Jill Faull at

Course Price:

  • RecSports Member: $215
  • ​RecSports Employee: ​$175
  • ​Non-Member: $235