The Wilderness StarGuard® 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 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.

General Information

Course Length

16 hours / 2 days

Prerequisites

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Current certification in WFA and Adult CPR (WFR preferred)
  • Swim 100 yards
  • Retrieve a submerged ten pound object
  • Tread water for three minutes

Certifications Received

SAI Wilderness StarGuard certification.

Continuing Education

  • This nationally delivered curriculum meets or exceeds the lifeguarding guidelines and water safety training of the American Camp Association (ACA).

Course Expectations

Starfish Aquatics Wilderness StarGuard 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.
  • 80% pass on written exam required
  • 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.

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