Lifeguard Instructor

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Safe community and public pools depend on well-trained lifeguards. It’s the lifeguard instructor’s job to be sure that students are given the information and practice needed to perform well in emergency situations. Excellent instructors produce excellent lifeguards.

A lifeguard instructor is responsible for preparing for each class session. This requires reading and appropriately adapting curriculum, as well as being able to answer students’ questions. Lesson plans are typically provided by an organization like the American Red Cross. Adaptations may be necessary given time and space constraints, but these should conform with the most up-to-date documentation from the American Red Cross and other expert organizations. Skills and procedures must be demonstrated, as well as explained.

Good lifeguard instructors offer a warm, inviting environment that is conducive to learning. Students should feel welcome to participate in the activities and ask questions. Because lifeguard trainees are often teenagers, the instructor should also be adept at interacting with parents and guardians.

Material may need to be updated, as advancements in emergency response guidelines are changed. In addition, the instructor should inspect and maintain training equipment, including classroom dummies and model life-saving equipment.

Lifeguard instructors must hold the following certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.