Backcountry guides, canoe trip leaders, camp counselors, private expedition groups, college/university outdoor education programs, hiking club trip leaders, wilderness therapeutic programs, and adventure race safety personnel.
- Minimum twenty-one years of age
- Successful completion of Wilderness StarGuard program
- Current certification in Wilderness First Aid or higher and current certification in adult level CPR or higher (WFR preferred)
- 4 year SAI Wilderness StarGuard Instructor Certification
- Successful practical skills assessment required.
- 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).
Course outline here.
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 24 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. After successful completion of the Wilderness StarGuard course, participants can take this additional three-day training to become an Instructor candidate of the program. Apprenticeships follow, before the Instructor candidates are able to offer these programs on their own under the auspices of Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI).
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.
Textbook/ Handbook: (2010). SAI wilderness lifeguard instructor manual: Best practices for outdoor recreation professionals. Champaign, IL.
Performance Outcomes: Instructors will be required to teach a minimum of 2 classroom topics and 2 in-water topics during the last 2 days of the course. Topic assignments will be made after your registration is complete.
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