Lifeguard Class Tampa

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Serving the Greater Tampa Bay Area including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding counties

American Red Cross

An American Red Cross Licensed Training Provider

Are you looking for a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class? Learn from a Red Cross Instructor and Instructor Trainer!

Train at your location!

Schedule a custom Lifeguard Class at your pool, camp or beach to train your staff and counselors in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Lifeguard, Waterfront Lifeguard, Waterpark Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor Classes can all be scheduled at your location in West Central Florida.

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Lifeguard Class

There are 4 options for Lifeguarding Classes

The basic pre-requisites are:

Lifeguard Training pre-test: Swim 300 yards continuously using the front crawl, breast stroke, or any combination of the 2.  Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point holding the object on your chest with both hands and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.  The Waterfront course swim is 550 yards using only the front crawl and breast stroke, and retrieve 3 dive rings spaced 15 feet apart in 4 to 7 feet of water, in addition to the Lifeguard requirements.

The long swim must be done with face in the water and rythmic breathing. You cannot stop, stand up or hold onto the wall. While perfect form is not required, you must demonstarte a strong stroke, with arms coming out of the water when recovering forward for the free style, not staying under water as in a doggy paddle. If you are not a strong swimmer, you cannot be a lifeguard.

You MUST be able to successfully complete the pre-requisites in order to continue with the course. Refunds will not be issued. Train for the swim test and be sure you can do it before you sign up. This class teaches you lifeguarding skills, it does not teach you to swim or get you in condition to swim. A professional lifeguard is responsible for the lives of the people they watch over, and they must be in condition to respond at all times.

Class Schedules

August 2019

2-3 Lifeguarding Instructor - $337 at University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Register at .

12-13 CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor $337 at USF in Tampa, FL . Register at

June 2019

Class postponed New Date TBD- LGIT/LGI Review - $100 at University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Register at .

Note: Class length will vary with the experience and number of students. These are hands on classes in which you will practice doing the life saving actions. They include lecture, video and hands on practice.

Red Cross Certification cards will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Lifeguard Instructor Class

The Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Course prepares instructor candidates to use course and presentation materials, conduct training sessions and evaluate the progress of candidates in a professional-level course. Once authorized, Lifeguard Instructors may teach Basic-level Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Attendant, Lifeguard Management, CPR/AED for Lifeguards, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens, Basic Water Rescue, GuardStart, and Water Safety presentations.

You must be a currently certified lifeguard and at least 17 years old.

The 21 hour Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Class is a Blended Learning Class. The first 2.5 hours is taken online, followed by an 18.5 hour live class.

Registration is by a special link that will be emailed to you by the instructor. You will use that link to register with the Red Cross, pay your $37 Red Cross Fee, and take the online portion of the class. After completion of the online portion, you will print out your completion notice for the online portion and bring it with you to your first live class.

The class is taught by a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Trainer.

Class fees are listed below.

Call to schedule an Instructor class for 4 or more people at your location.

August 2019

2-3 Lifeguarding Instructor - $337 at University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Register at . Only 2 seats left

The online Blended Learning session may be accessed by using the link the instructor will email to you to register with the Red Cross and pay your $37 Red Cross Fee for the course.


Fill out the registration info below and email it to Red Cross Instructor Bob Donaghy at .





Date of Birth:

Current Lifeguard Certification and Expiration date:

General Public___


Lifeguard Instructor Course Registration Fee (in addition to the Red Cross $35 Fee) is:

Payment can be made by Paypal, Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express. Click this link to make payment:

Price Options


Registration will be not be complete until you have:

  1. Filled out and emailed the Registration Form to the Instructor
  2. Paid online at the 'BUY NOW' link
  3. Registered and paid at the Red Cross link that is emailed to you by the instructor

You must email your Lifeguard Certification card or certificate to

The pre-course requirement on the first day is to pass the Red Cross Lifeguard pre-requisite swim test, and the rescue skill scenarios learned in the Lifeguard Course. The expectation is that by the end of this Lifeguard Instructor Course you will need to be able to demonstrate all of the rescue skills to the standard, not just to the objective as in the Lifeguard Course, since you will be demonstrating these skills to new Lifeguarding students when you teach a Lifeguard Course.

The books, Lifeguarding Manual and Lifeguard Instructor Manual, will be available for your use during the class for the practice teaching sessions. You may either download a free pdf copy from the Red Cross Website or purchase a print copy for use after the class. Training resuscitation masks will be available for your use during class or you may choose to bring your own, or purchase a new one for yourself.

Link to USF Campus Rec Classes


Contact Bob Donaghy at 813-334-7412 or to discuss class schedules and payment options.

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