Being a lifeguard is a fantastic job. But for some, lifeguarding is only the first step to building a successful career. As a successful lifeguard, new opportunities will begin to present themselves in the form of different jobs and responsibilities. One way to further your lifeguarding career is to become a lifeguard instructor. Lifeguard instructors have the responsibility of teaching and training the next generation of lifeguards. It is important that an instructor be patient, communicate clearly, and be enthusiastic about helping others. If you’ve been a successful lifeguard and possess these traits, here is all the information that you will need to become an American Lifeguard certified lifeguard trainer.
Prerequisites: To be eligible for the lifeguard instructor course, there are a few requirements that you must meet. Prospective students must be at least 17 years old at the start of the course. You must also posses either a current Fundamentals of Instructor Training certificate or a current Health and Safety Services Instructor Authorization. Lastly, you must pass a pre-course written exam, answering at least 80 percent correctly; demonstrate competency in 3 water rescue skill scenarios, CPR skills, First Aid skills, and a swimming test.
Purpose and Objective: The main purpose of the lifeguard instructor course is to train and develop individuals whom are able to teach American Red Cross courses and modules in lifeguarding, water safety, first aid, and CPR. The course is designed to expand on the information learned in the Fundamentals of Instructor Training Course and provides practice-teaching scenarios. When you complete the course you will be familiar with all the Americanlifeguard.com instructor material, be able to plan, conduct, and evaluate courses, and will even be able to customize courses to meet the needs of your students.