Do you want to save lives and learn exciting new skills including communication, problem solving and teamwork? Become a professional lifeguard with SSI! The internationally recognized SSI Lifeguard program provides all you need to become a truly confident and competent lifeguard for pools or waterparks. Earn the SSI Lifeguard certification and start making a difference!

Facts and Training Standards

Do you want to make a difference, challenge yourself to learn exciting new skills and help save lives? 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.

Minimum Age for Participation 14
Available as Junior Program No
Minimum Age (Junior Program) Not applicable / mandatory
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions 3
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 3
Amount of Open Water Dives Not applicable / mandatory
Maximum Training Depth Not applicable / mandatory
Suggested Duration of the Training Program 16-20 h



From Water Safety Attendant up to Beach Lifeguard

With our flexible professional Lifeguard training, you can choose an SSI Lifeguard certification to meet your personal ambitions! Learn how to become a lifeguard and assist Lifeguards as a Water Safety Attendant, become a Pool Lifeguard for pools and waterparks, or challenge yourself to be an Inland Open Water Lifeguard at lakes and rivers. For the ultimate Lifeguard experience, don’t miss the SSI Beach Lifeguard certification course.

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Becoming a Lifeguard with SSI

Scuba Schools International (SSI) is the largest professional business-based training agency in the world. Established in 1970, today SSI represents more than 3,300 training centers and resorts in more than 130 countries, with over 50,000 affiliated SSI Professionals and growing every day. For over 50 years now, SSI has provided the ultimate training experience for millions of people to become certified scuba divers, freedivers, technical divers, lifeguards and more. SSI completely embodies the industry by being a founding member of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) and holding the internationally acclaimed ISO certification. We play an active role in setting industry minimum training standards and are committed to ensuring you get the best lifeguard training possible.

With our in-depth and personalized Lifeguard courses, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to become a confident and competent professional lifeguard. Our learning materials are available online and in more than 30 languages, meaning you can start now and learn at your own pace. Our globally recognized Lifeguard certifications are the best way to begin your lifelong adventure as a lifeguard. Begin your lifeguard journey with SSI today.