Lifeguard Instructor (LGI) Course

Participants must be at least 15 years of age prior to the final day of the course. Parent signature required for participants under the age of 18 years old. Participants will be required to pass the American Red Cross lifeguarding prerequisites prior to continuing in the course. They should take time prior to the start of the course to practice and prepare.

5 Day Lifeguard Instructor Academy

Our certified Lifeguard Instructor Trainer staff provides a five-day lifeguard instructor academy, where participants will work together as a group to complete four practice teaching assignments while enhancing their ability to provide participants with feedback, performance evaluation, and familiarity with American Red Cross program requirements.

Upon successful completion of this course, certified lifeguard instructors will be able to:

  • Certify American Red Cross lifeguards, if their facilities meet the necessary requirements
  • Certify American Red Cross Professional First Responders
  • Gain access to Instructor’s Corner and all American Red Cross Instructor resources

Cost upon approval: $300


  • Participants are required to swim 300 yards alternating front crawl and breaststroke. There is no time limit for this portion, however they cannot stop at any point.
  • Participants are also required to complete a brick retrieval skill. Starting in the water, they will swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object, keeping their face out of the water and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
  • Participants will tread for 2 minutes without using their arms.
  • Participants that do not pass the prerequisites will not be permitted to continue any further in the course. A participant must complete all skill requirements in order to obtain certification.

Day 1

  • Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Day 2

  • Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Day 3

  • Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m

Day 4

  • Date:  Saturday November 4, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Day 5

  • Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In order to register for this course, we require all potential instructor candidates to meet with our trainers to briefly describe how obtaining this certification will enhance not only their program, but their community as a whole. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Assistant Director of Aquatics, Troy Lukas, at

Failure to complete these pre-reqs will result in not being able to complete the course and a 75% refund.