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Instructor Courses
Updated 8/1/14

Lifeguard Instructor

The Lifeguard Instructor course incorporates online and classroom components that focus on knowledge, administration, teaching, and evaluating skills for success in teaching the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class.

Course Pre-requisites:

  • Minimum age of 17.
  • Posses a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate or equivalent.
  • Successfully complete the online Pre-course session including Orientation to the American Red Cross (redcross.org) and Orientation to the Lifeguarding Program, which includes a Pre-course Exam.
  • Successfully perform all of the skills in the lifeguard instructor pre-course session. The skills in the pre-course session include swimming, lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer skills.

Fall Classes:

  • Dates: October 17-19  (Registration deadline: October 6).
  • Days/Times: Friday 5–10p, Saturday and Sunday 9a–6p.
  • Cost: $95 Purdue Students/$160 Non-Students (plus an additional $35 to the American Red Cross).

Water Safety Instructor

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to plan, prepare, and teach the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. The course focuses on teaching concepts, strategies, best practice steps and progressions, along with tips to ensure participant’s success.

  • Dates: September 2-September 25 (Registration deadline: August 22).
  • Days/Times: Tuesday/Thursday 5–9pm.
  • Cost: $135 Purdue Students/$175 Non-students (plus an additional $35 to the American Red Cross).

Course Pre-requisites:

  • Minimum of age 16 by end of course.
  • Successful completion of pre-course session, consisting of tests of swimming skills including front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly, floating and treading.