Happy Swimmers is pleased to provide organizations such as municipalities, educational facilities, and summer camp settings, to name a few, the opportunity to conduct this training program at their own facility. The training program is ideal for agencies and businesses needing to train or recertify lifeguards on a yearly basis or provide lifeguards for community facilities. In addition, the newly created lifeguard instructor can also provide bloodborne pathogen and CPR/AED/First Aid training to staff and community. Lifeguard Instructors will also have the capability to conduct your facility audits and in-service training.
Class size ranges between 6 and 10 students. In the event there are more than 10 students, additional time or a second trainer may be provided to meet the established standards. There is a 6 participant minimum to conduct the training. In the event you wish to proceed with less than 6, the minimum base price based on 6 will be divided between the participants. If you are a host organization then you may want to consider opening the course to the community to meet the minimum class size. Course discounts are available if class size goes over 10 total students and will be shared to the host facility or a rebate toward the student cost. To host the class a classroom with WIFI will be necessary. The pool should have shallow and deep water. The minimum acceptable depth of the deep end of the pool is 7 feet.
Cost per individual is $374. If students pay individually, once 6 students pay for the class on the registration link we will provide, the class is guaranteed to run on your chosen dates. If the organization pays either by check, credit card, or valid purchase order, again, our 6 student minimum fee will secure your dates. We are mobile nationwide, however, more remote areas may need either a higher minimum student count or a travel fee. Refunds are given only if requested in writing by email greater than 21 days before class.
What is in the Red Cross Lifeguard instructor course and what can I teach after passing it?
The Lifeguard Instructor course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Upon successfully completing the Lifeguarding Instructor, candidates are eligible to teach Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, First Aid, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens. Lifeguarding Instructors with a current Red Cross basic-level certification in Administering Emergency Oxygen may also teach Administering Emergency Oxygen. To be eligible to teach Waterfront Skills, candidates must also possess a Waterfront Skills certificate.
Instructor Course Student Prerequisites
• Must be at least 17 years old
• Possess a current American Red Cross certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/ CPR/AED
• Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor Manual (print version) and Lifeguarding Manual (digital or print) prior to entering the first classroom session of the instructor course
• Successfully complete the online introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor course (about 2 hours online)
• Successfully complete the in-person precourse swim session.
• Candidates should be able to swim 300 yards using freestyle or breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes only using their legs; Timed event – swim 20 yards to retrieve a 10 pound brick – returning it to the starting point by swimming on back using only the legs – climb out of the pool unassisted within 1 minute and 40 seconds. Hint: Practice these ahead of class. No refunds for students not meeting these standards once the in-person class begins.
• Candidates will be provided with an opportunity to review all basic level lifeguard skills in which they are expected to show competency.
The Lifeguarding Instructor course is a blended learning offering with an online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course. Once payment has been received for the training, our Instructor Trainer will send the offering deep link and registration instructions to the course participant using the student’s provided email. In order to process the online offering through the American Red Cross, allow students prep time for their practice teaching assignments, and to arrange travel for the Instructor Trainer, a 4-week minimum is required before the first in-person class date is to occur.
Contact us to reserve your dates, and we will then issue a link of an enrollment page for your students and possible walk-ons, if selected. Let us know what lifeguard/CPR training equipment your facility already has on hand when you contact us. (any backboards, rescue tubes, CPR manikins, AED’s etc).
Your Instructor Trainer Profiles
Kimberly Lytle, serving the Eastern and South Central U.S.
American Red Cross Instructor Trainer Kimberly Lytle has over 40 years of experience in the field of aquatics. She is a lifeguard, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, Water Safety Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Wilderness First Aid Instructor, and CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. Kimberly was recognized as the Instructor of the Year by the American Red Cross. Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Aquatic Council and the State of Florida Health Department overseeing the field of aquatics. In addition, Kimberly served 10 years at the National Aquatic Safety Company International Aquatic School as an Instructor Trainer. As an educator for the past 28 years in the Osceola County District Schools, Kimberly was the Teacher of the Year for her middle school and placed in the Top Ten Educators for the District. Kimberly has provided valuable training to facilities such as The City of Kissimmee, The City of Saint Cloud, Tampa VA Hospital, Osceola Sheriff’s Department, Haines City, JW Marriott, Columbia School District, Gallaudet University, and Patrick Air Force Base. With experience with NASCO, Ellis and Associates, and the American Red Cross, Kimberly provides an exceptional lifeguard training program.
Jenn Tyler, serving the Western U.S.
Lifeguard Instructor Trainer, company founder, and president, Happy Swimmers USA. 27 years in aquatics empowering lifeguards and the community with thousands of successful classes, with a focus on having fun while learning some key lifesaving skills.
We are your empowerment coaches, fostering excellence while cheering you on to be the best LGI you can be. Prepare yourself well, and see you in the water!
~Kimberly and Jenn
More Info and to reserve dates: Contact Us or phone Jenn direct: