American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor


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 old on or before the final scheduled session of the Lifeguarding Instructor course.
  • Possess a current basic-level certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding (Including Deep Water) with CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and First Aid. (Note: r.17 Lifeguarding certification accepted)
  • Obtain instructor and participant course materials before starting the course.
  • Successfully complete the online session of the Lifeguarding Instructor course prior to the precourse session.
  • Successfully complete the prerequisite skill assessment scenario to continue in the course. The prerequisite skill assessment scenario evaluates the following skills:
    • Entry
    • Swimming approach
    • Surface dive in deep water (7 to 10 feet)
    • Passive submerged rescue
    • Rapid extrication (with an assisting rescuer)
    • Rapid assessment
    • Single-rescuer CPR (3 minutes)