After satisfactory completion of the Wilderness StarGuard® program, participants can take this additional three-day training to become an Instructor candidate of the program. Apprenticeships follow, before the Instructor candidates are able to offer these programs on their own under the auspices of the Starfish Aquatics Institute. Contact our office for more information and updated course availability.
Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, camp counselors, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.
- Minimum twenty-one years of age
- Successful completion of Wilderness StarGuard program
- Current certification in Wilderness First Aid or higher and current certification in adult level CPR or higher (WFR preferred)
4 year SAI Wilderness StarGuard Instructor Certification.
- Successful practical skills assessment required.
- This nationally delivered curriculum meets or exceeds the lifeguarding guidelines and water safety training of the American Camp Association (ACA).
Starfish Aquatics Wilderness StarGuard is a course designed to meet the needs of wilderness trip leaders with a focus on prevention. After successful completion of the Wilderness StarGuard course, participants can take this additional three-day training to become an Instructor candidate of the program. Apprenticeships follow, before the Instructor candidates are able to offer these programs on their own under the auspices of Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI).
Attendance & Participation: Students are required to attend all class sessions and field exercises. Students may request no more than 10% of the course hours of excused absence, and may not miss the first day of the course. Review of missed curriculum or examinations is the student’s responsibility. Absences, either unexcused or exceeding 10% of the course hours excused, are grounds for dismissal from the course and cancellation policies will apply.
(2010). SAI wilderness lifeguard instructor manual: Best practices for outdoor recreation professionals. Champaign, IL.
Performance Outcomes: Instructors will be required to teach a minimum of 2 classroom topics and 2 in-water topics during the last 2 days of the course. Topic assignments will be made after your registration is complete.