Lifeguard Training & Certification
All of our surf instructors on our overnight camp coaching team complete this certification as their first prerequisite. Our team is certified by the American Red Cross and each instructor completes at least 35 hours of hands-on training. To be a lifeguard, staff also need to successfully certify in First Aid and CPR for the professional rescuer. Our surf instructors operate at a 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1 ratio, depending on the age of the students.
What Lifeguards Learn
- Surveillance and observational skills to help recognize and prevent injuries
- Ocean specific hazards and supervision
- Rescue skills and tools – in the water and on land
- First aid training and professional rescuer CPR – prepare for any emergency
- Working with local emergency responders
- Problem solving and decision making
- Leadership as well as teamwork
- Effective communication
If you’re thinking of joining our staff, know that Lifeguard training will benefit you in more ways than just water skills. Being a lifeguard will help you develop skills and experiences that will be valued by colleges and future employers. It’s a great way to demonstrate that you can deal effectively with people, have a take-charge attitude, and are willing to work to develop new skills.