lifeguard Instructor Course (Ages 17+)

The purpose of the instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/or modules. Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue.

Class Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Possess a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Successfully complete the online Orientation to the Lifeguarding course.
  • Successfully complete the Precourse Session which includes demonstrating Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid skills

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • To become certified as a Lifeguarding instructor, instructor candidates must:
  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.
  • Successfully complete class activities, including the four practice-teaching assignments.
  • Score a minimum of 80% (32 correct answers out of 40 questions) on the Bloodborne Pathogens Training Instructor Self-Study Test.
  • Score a minimum of 80% (12 correct answers out of 15 questions) on the basic-level Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exam.
  • Score a minimum of 80%(20 correct answers out of 25 questions) on the instructor course final written exam.

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:30pm
  • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 1:00 pm - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Fees: Santa Monica Residents $161 | Non-Residents $193


Jr Lifeguard Program (Ages 11-15)

This American Red Cross Program teaches basic rescue skills, first aid, CPR and water safety. 

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Lifeguard Training Class (Ages 15+)

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive American Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Oxygen Administration and Title 22 (First Aid for Public Safety Personnel). In order to pass the course and receive certification, participants are required to attend all sessions of the course for the full times listed, no exceptions.

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Please note that class prerequisites include being able to swim 300 yards non-stop (front crawl and breaststroke), being able to retrieve a 10lb weight from deep water and then swim 20 yards with the weight using only your legs. 


Water Safety Instructor Certification (Ages 16+)

This class is for participants 16 years and older who would like to become a Certified Water Safety Instructor.  Students will receive in-depth online learning with detailed class instruction, demonstration and practice. 
Class Prerequisites: 

  • Complete 25 yards each of front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary back stroke, sidestroke and 15 yards butterfly
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • This is a blended learning course; all participants must have access to the internet
  • Attend all classes (no exceptions)
  • Complete all on-line segments and turn in weekly progress reports
  • Pass all skills tests and score 80% or higher on written exams
  • Dates & Times: TBA
  • Fees: TBA