Wilderness Lifeguard® is a cutting-edge lifeguarding 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.
In 2022, this course will be offered August 31-September 1 at Lake James State Park in Burke County, North Carolina. It is a 2-day course (16 hours) resulting in Wilderness Lifeguard® certification via Starfish Aquatics Institute good for 2 years.
- 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
- This nationally delivered curriculum meets or exceeds the lifeguarding guidelines and water safety training of the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).