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The ISLA Lifeguard Certification Program was developed to raise international lifeguarding standards and training programs to a minimum professional standard. ISLA trainings lay a foundation which allows the lifeguard employer or organization to conduct in-house training of lifeguards. Organizations are required to build their lifeguard training programs above and beyond this high international standard.

 

 

BASIC OPEN WATER LIFEGUARD

Course Length: 3 days / 30 hours.

Course Description:  The ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course is designed for people with little or no background in open water lifeguarding.  It provides an introductory exposure to both the theoretical and practical components of open water lifeguard subjects such as lifeguard operations, aquatic injury prevention, and basic open water rescue.  This course does not include a certification in CPR or First Aid.

Course Objectives:  At the end of this course, the trainee should have the ability to:

  • Prevent an accident based on knowledge of physical and social conditions.
  • Recognize dangerous aquatic conditions and hazardous areas.
  • Identify a victim in distress.
  • Discern appropriate responses to a variety of different situations taking into account personal ability and scene safety.
  • Effectively execute a basic rescue in open water.

 Course Prerequisites: Any student wishing to participate in the ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard course must meet the following requirements:

  • 16 Years of age or older (with minors consent form for those under 18)
  • A valid CPR & First-Aid certification
  • Ability to swim 500 meters (550 yards) without stopping under ten minutes
  • Ability to tread water for five minutes
  • Ability to dive to a depth of three meters (twelve feet)

NOTE: This course is extremely physically demanding, and requires participants to be in excellent shape.  The completion of several long distance swims and runs are required for certification.

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Sample ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course Syllabus

Sample ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course Schedule

1 – DAY LIFEGUARD WORKSHOPS

Course Length:  1 day / 8-10 Hours

Course Description: Our professional development workshops are tailored programs designed to fit the needs of your specific agency/organization. Our workshops are intended to give in-depth knowledge and skills beyond those taught in our Advanced Open Water Lifeguard Course.

Course Prerequisite: ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard certificate or equivalent. ISLA Advanced Open Water Lifeguard certificate is preferred. Available ISLA workshops:

  • Basic Rescue SCUBA Diver Technician
  • Basic Swift-water Rescue Technician
  • Basic Kiteboarder Rescue Technician
  • Basic Rescue Water Craft (Jet ski) Operator
  • Basic Rescue Boat Operator

ADVANCED OPEN WATER LIFEGUARD

Course Length: 10 days / 100 hours

Course Description: This course explores all the subjects in our Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course more in depth, along with the inclusion of First Aid and CPR certification. This course meets or exceeds national lifeguards standards in the United States.

Course Prerequisite: ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard certificate or equivalent.

FIRST AID | CPR | AED COURSES

Red Cross First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) training meets the needs of professional first responders, healthcare providers, and the general public. We offer both professional rescuer and non-professional rescuer training options.

  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers – Course length: 6 hrs
  • Emergency Medical Response – Course length: 51 hours
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training – Course length: 2 hours
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen – Course length: 2 hours

 

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

All of the instructors are volunteers who are not paid for their time working with ISLA.  Our ISLA Instructors are comprised of experienced professionals from around the globe that work as a certified lifeguards in their respective country.  ISLA Instructors have a diverse background various professional agencies, International Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructors, EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Water Safety Instructors, Rescue Water Craft and Rescue Boat Operators, Rescue Divers, Jr. Lifeguard Instructors, and educators.  Each Instructor team is different, but every ISLA training is required to include one ISLA Instructor II, and a minimum of two ISLA Instructor I’s.

INSTRUCTOR I

Level Description: Certified Open Water Lifeguard who assists in running an ISLA Course. Main duties include guarding physical events, instructing practical training on the beach, assisting during lecture, daily admin duties, and equipment maintenance.
Requirements:

  • 3 years Open Water Lifeguard experience
  • ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard certification or equivalent
  • First Aid / CPR certification
  • Accepted ISLA humanitarian project application

INSTRUCTOR II

Level Description: Open Water Lifeguard who has worked at least six ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard Courses as an Instructor I. Instructor II’s have the authority to run and certify an ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course.
Requirements:

  • 5 years Open Water Lifeguard experience
  • ISLA Advanced Open Water Lifeguard certification or equivalent
  • EMT or Professional First Aid Instructor from a recognized agency
  • Passing of the ISLA Instructor II Written Test and Interview

INSTRUCTOR III

Level Description: Open Water Lifeguard who has worked a minimum of ten ISLA courses as an Instructor II. Instructor IIIs are charged with designing and updating the theoretical and practical framework of ISLA courses, shaping ISLA pedagogic philosophy, and ultimately steering the direction of ISLA training and education.
Requirements:

  • 5+ years Open Water Lifeguard experience
  • ISLA Advanced Open Water Lifeguard certification or equivalent
  • EMT or Professional First Aid Instructor from a recognized agency
  • Passing of the ISLA Instructor III Written Test and Interview

IMPORTANT: Our ISLA Open Water Lifeguard Course are announced individually throughout the year via our email newsletter. Course tuition varies by location. Enrollment is limited, so it is best to apply as soon as the course registration opens. Signing up for the ISLA newsletter is the only way to ensure you don’t get left behind!

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