Become an Instructor

  • Instructor Training
Do you want to help the Red Cross save lives through teaching health and safety classes? Every year, our dedicated instructors teach thousands of people the lifesaving skills they need to make our communities safer and ready to respond in the event of an emergency.

Health and Safety

Our health and safety instructors teach a variety of classes that are related to care-giving and emergency response, such as CPR and First Aid, Babysitter and Child Care Training, Pet First Aid and more.

Interested in becoming an instructor?

If you are in the Orange County area, please contact Linda Kornosky at for more personalized information.

If you are in the Riverside or San Bernardino area, please contact Cyndy Oleson at for more personalized information.

Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructors

Lifeguarding and water safety instructors provide an invaluable service. To become a lifeguarding instructor, you must be a minimum of 17 and pass a pre-course test that covers swimming, rescues, CPR and first aid. To become a water safety instructor, you must be at least 16 and demonstrate swimming ability equivalent to Level IV in the Learn-to-Swim program. Lifeguarding instructors are immediately eligible to become a volunteer instructor for CPR, AED and first aid classes in our region.

The American Red Cross does not hire lifeguards. Instead, our licensed training providers staff their aquatics programs with Red Cross-trained lifeguards. For more information, please contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-733-2767.