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.
Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.
- 16 years of age
- Current certification in WFA and Adult CPR at minimum (WFR preferred)
- Swim 100 yards
- Retrieve a submerged ten pound object
- Tread water for three minutes
2 year SAI Wilderness StarGuard Certification
- 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).
For successful completion of the course please come prepared with the required gear. Unprepared students may not be able to participate in the course.
Dress appropriately for the weather. On course the air temp may be 80°F, water temp may be 60°F, and then the wind may blow about 5 mph across our open water front. Can you say “Lowering of your core body temperature?!" So, plan ahead and prepare because we will spend more than half of our time in the water. Course work will continue unless the weather is hazardous. It is your responsibility to bring warm synthetic layers to wear in the water!
- 2 liters of H20/Light snacks (avoid heavy packaging)
- Swimming shorts/suit (avoid bikini, low cut shorts)
- Poly pro, silk or micro fleece tops and bottoms (two sets)
- Consider a paddling spray jacket or light nylon jacket to conserve your heat
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Rain Gear
- Water sandals (If they have Velcro closures you’ll need to reinforce them- duct tape)
- Camp chair/ensolite pad (something to sit on)
- Ensolite or thermarest sleeping pad and 20 ft. of 1” webbing
- Trash bag (Beefy is always better)
- Pen /Notebook
- You are welcome to bring neoprene and other paddling sport layers to keep you warm.
- Bring any medications you may usually have on hand. Folks with allergies need to be prepared for grasses, pollens, insects, and bees.
- Bring a positive attitude, ready to get in the water, interact and share with other people rain or shine.
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.