SAI Hybrid Wilderness LifeGuard

The Hybrid Wilderness LifeGuard is a cutting edge course designed to meet the needs of wilderness trip leaders with a focus on prevention.

The Hybrid Wilderness LifeGuard program is a cutting edge course designed to meet the needs of wilderness trip leaders with a focus on prevention. This remote application to aquatic rescue courses can be taken alone as a primary training, as an add-on module to the SAI StarGuard® course, or as a module for current lifeguards.

Site assessment, swimmer assessment, and improvising lifeguarding equipment are key components that differentiate this course from traditional waterfront courses.

The Hybrid course combines online education and testing prior to the skills dates.  When students register for the online course, they also choose a skill date.  The online portion becomes available for a week prior to the skills dates and closes the evening prior to the skills dates. Invitations for the online access are emailed to enrolled students as the course starts.

The skills portion of this course is physical. We’ll start in the classroom for a course orientation and then travel a short distance to one of our lake sites where we will conduct a basic swim skills screening (100 yard swim, and a three minute water tread without hands) and then continue our water skill practice and skills assessments. We will end the skills day with a series of practical exams. Please bring lunch and snacks as well as additional warm clothing. The course will continue outdoors unless the weather becomes hazardous, so please come prepared to be as comfortable as possible for the duration.

General Information

Course Length

Total 16 hrs: Online platform 8 hrs, Skills Check Day 8 hrs

Prerequisites

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Current certification in WFA and Adult CPR (WFR preferred)
  • Able to swim 100 yards
  • Able to tread water for three minutes

Certifications Received

SAI Wilderness LifeGuard certification.

Course Expectations

Starfish Aquatics Wilderness LifeGuard is a course designed to meet the needs of wilderness trip leaders with a focus on prevention. This remote application to aquatic rescue courses can be taken alone as a primary training, as an add-on module to a StarGuard® course, or as a module for current lifeguards.

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.
  • 100% pass on written exam required, with multiple attempts allowed
  • Successful practical exam required
  • Special accommodations for testing are available, however we need to know prior to your arrival.
Textbook/ Handbook: (2010). SAI Wilderness Lifeguard: Best practices for outdoor recreation professionals. Champaign, IL.

Additional Details

Currently offered as either a Hybrid program with online curriculum and a 1-day in-person Skills Check Day or a 2-day traditional in-person program.

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