National Lifeguard Instructor

The National Lifeguard Instructor course provides candidates with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the National Lifeguard program is based. The course explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for National Lifeguard candidates.

After successful completion of the course, National Lifeguard Instructors are certified to teach the National Lifeguard course in the option(s) they hold (i.e., National Lifeguard Instructors who hold National Lifeguard Pool may teach National Lifeguard Pool, etc.).

Prerequisites: National Lifeguard (any option) and Lifesaving Instructor certifications (need not be current). Do you have the prerequisites to take this course?

Instruction & certification: Current National Lifeguard Instructor Trainers teach and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

National Lifeguard Instructor course: 16 hr. classroom and water time. This checklist identifies the learning outcomes that you must achieve in order to be successful on the course.

Required references: Alert: lifeguarding in action, National Lifeguard Award Guide, and Teaching National Lifeguard USB. National Lifeguard Instructor candidates should also have the Society’s Instructor Manual for on-course reference.

Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.

Recertification: Instructors remain current by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society's professional development credit system. Is it time to recertify?