American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Course



  • Minimum age: 17 years by the last day of class
  • Swim 300 yards continuously using Freestyle & Breaststroke only
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    1.      Starting in the water, swim 20 yards
    2.      Surface dive 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
    3.      Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to the starting point
    4.      Keep both hands on the brick and your face out of the water
    5.      Place brick on wall and exit pool without using the steps or ladder
  • Demonstrate Instructor Level CPR and Rescue Skills on Day 1 of class

Passing Criteria

  • Students must meet the following criteria to pass the class
  • Take and pass all online classroom assignments before the first pool session
  • Participate in all Class activities
  • Complete all practice teaching assignments with proficiency
  • Pass all written tests with a minimum score of 80%
  • Show Instructor level skills in all rescue, First aid, and CPR skills

Needed for class

The following items will need to be brought to the first day of class 

  • ARC Lifeguarding Instructor Manual (available on Red Cross Store
  • Guard Pack with Pocket mask
  • Swim suit (one piece for women, trunks for men)
  • 2 towels, Goggles if needed for the swim test only
  • Change of clothes, comfortable athletic wear for classroom skills
  • Lunch or money for lunch (time will be provided for lunch each day, students may leave facility)

Items provided: 

  • The following items will be provided by The Wave
  • All training Equipment
  • Lifeguard Manual (PDF for online classroom, physical book for class days)