Become a Lifeguard with SSI
The internationally recognized SSI Lifeguard program is the best way to become a professional lifeguard for pools or waterparks. With personalized academic and in-water training, you will learn all you need to supervise, assist and rescue victims in pool and waterpark environments. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Lifeguard certification and be ready to join a professional lifeguard team.
Learn to Swim and become a Lifeguard with SSI
SSI was the first training agency to create structured training programs for Swim and Lifeguard. With more than 3,300 Training Centers in over 130 countries and 50,000 plus Professionals, it is easy to learn swimming or to become a Lifeguard with SSI wherever you choose.
A progressive approach to personalized training and a close cooperation of all SSI affiliated Professionals and Training Centers and Resorts around the world ensures you will have access to global career opportunities. SSI´s Professional network is growing every day. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the SSI Professional community!
Digital Learning & Academics
SSI has mastered the use of digital technology to make your learning experience easy.
You can start by studying the academics anytime, anywhere at your own convenience and your selected Training Center will schedule your review and in-water training sessions.
During the pool/confined water training, your SSI Instructor will teach you all the necessary skills in a controlled environment until you are comfortable and ready to go to the open water. During the open water training dives, you will apply your knowledge and repeat the skills in a real-world environment under the supervision of your Instructor.
Once you have completed all required training sessions, final exam and open water training dives, your SSI Training Center will issue your digital certification card which will show up instantly on your MySSI App.
We congratulate you on your accomplishment and welcome you to SSI’s global diving community.
Facts and Training Standards
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Save Lives, be a Hero!
Here are the benefits you can expect from attending this training program:
Learn the skills required to perform rescues
Gather the fitness needed to safely aid swimmers
Gain the confidence to provide assistance in water emergencies
Register free and start training right away!
To get started, simply create a free user profile at www.divessi.com/register or directly through the MySSI App and you will get immediate access to SSI’s free trial programs. During registration you will need to select an SSI Training Center to affiliate with to guide you through the training process. Just check the Center Locator for your Center of choice, their upcoming training schedule, travel, and social events, and much more.
Simply download the MySSI App from your preferred app store, set up your profile, and discover the world of diving with the following benefits:
From Water Safety Attendant up to Beach Lifeguard
With our flexible professional Lifeguard training, you can choose an SSI Lifeguard certification to meet your ambitions! Learn how to become a lifeguard and assist Lifeguards as an SSI Water Safety Attendant, become an SSI Pool Lifeguard for pools and waterparks, or challenge yourself to be an SSI Inland Open Water Lifeguard at lakes and rivers. For the ultimate Lifeguard experience, do not miss the SSI Beach Lifeguard certification course.
Swim Teacher Adult
Do you want to inspire lifetime swimmers? Make a career out of swimming? Become a professional swimming teacher with SSI! Learn to teach babies, children or adults to swim, plus beginners up to competitive swimmers. Make a difference! Start today!
Basic Freediving Instructor
Active SSI scuba professionals can easily start a new career in freediving with the Basic Freediving Instructor course. Help water enthusiasts learn to freedive and show them how to set a free dive record of their own with this entry-level program.
SSI Entry-Level Programs – Open Water Diver, Freediving Level 1, or Mermaid require students to complete a water fitness evaluation prior to open water training. The goal of this evaluation is to determine a comfort level baseline consisting of:
To start training, students must create a MySSI profile. This can either be done via the SSI website at www.divessi.com/register or by installing the MySSI App.
Simply download the app for either iOS or Android, set up the user profile, and access the world of diving in minutes! The MySSI App safely stores everything in one place, online or offline – training materials, logbook, and certification cards. This includes Recreational Scuba, Extended Range, Freediving and Mermaid.
Training Center Selection & Affiliation
Every student must select an SSI Training Center as their “Training Partner” during the course registration process. Affiliation ensures personalized service and a high-quality training experience.
Medical & Administrative Requirements
Each student or candidate must complete the required SSI Training Record Forms prior to participating in any SSI training program. The forms for minors must be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian.
Responsible Diver Code
Diver Medical Statement & Questionnaire or Physician’s Approval to Dive (where required)
Training Assumption of Risk, Liability Release, & Liability Release, & Hold Harmless Agreement (where required / not applicable within the European Union)
Program-specific Completion Record (done by the Instructor prior to certification)
Training Course Costs
Training consists of various components which are either charged singly or as a package depending on the selected Training Center. The components are:
Training Materials / Digital Kit
Tuition for Academics and In-Water Training
Open Water Training Dives
Featured Destinations ideal for Lifeguard Training
Swimming is an essential life skill that brings families together and keeps children – and adults - safe in and around water for a lifetime. Learn how to swim with SSI. You will be safe, have fun and open up a world of water-related experiences! Start swimming with SSI now!