Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Training

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Lifeguard or Swim Instructor, this page provides details on the courses offered, including class times and course fees.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Total Course Length: 28 hours
Course fee: $220

Lifeguard Training Schedule

All classes have four (4) sessions that run from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays on the following dates:

Lifeguard Training Schedule
Training SessionDates
Session 1 January 20, 21, 27, 28
Session 2 February 17, 18, 24, 25
Session 3 March 10, 11, 17, 18
Session 4 April 7, 8, 14, 15
Session 5 April 21, 22, 28, 29
Session 6 May 12, 13, 19, 20
Session 7 June 9, 10, 16, 17

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Participants must reach their 15th birthday before the date of the last class for the session in which they are enrolled.

100% attendance is required.

Follow this link to view/download the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual in PDF format.

Follow this link if you would like to purchase the printed version of the manual.

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Lifeguard candidates must be able to complete the following prerequisite skills on the day of the first class meeting. Only $50 will be refunded if, for any reason, candidates are unable to complete the course within the scheduled time frame.

300 yard swim

Prospective participants must perform a 300 yard continuous swim using the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both. Swimming on the back or side is not permitted. Swim goggles are allowed.

Tread Water

Prospective participants must tread water for two (2) minutes without support and without stopping while their head remains above the surface of the water. When treading, only the legs can be used. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

Timed Event

Prospective participants must perform the following skills within 1 minute and 40 seconds:

  • Start in the water
  • Swim 20 yards
  • Surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object
  • Return to the surface
  • Swim 20 yards to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath
  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps

Starfish Swim Instructor Training

Course fee: $230

The Starfish Swim Instructor Training is an eight (8) day course, offered Monday through Thursday for two weeks in June. Participants must complete all 8 sessions of the course in order to be certified as a swim instructor. Please call us at 850.474.2497 or email us at for specific dates and times.

The following prerequisites for the course must be met:

  • The minimum age for participation is 16 years of age, 15 years of age if the instructor/trainer has personal knowledge of the candidate's maturity level.
  • The candidate must pass a water skills screening to show proficiency at the level of his/her certification.
  • The candidate must complete worksheets in the Starfish Swim Instructor workbook.

Requirements For Successful Completion

Participants must attend all scheduled classes and times, demonstrate proficient land and water skills, and pass a written exam with a score of at least 80 percent in order to receive the swim instructor certification.

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