Thank you for joining in our mission of emergency preparedness. We commend your commitment to building a healthier, safer community by being an American Red Cross instructor. To make your job easier, we’ve created “Instructor’s Corner”—your online guide to the latest information and resources exclusively for Red Cross Health and Safety instructors, instructor trainers and leaders.
Each year, the American Red Cross teaches valuable lifesaving skills to nearly 12 million people—that's 1 in 23 Americans To reach this number of people we need volunteers who are willing to become certified Red Cross instructors and join our mission of teaching people to save lives.
Instructors are members of a select group of trained and authorized individuals, and reflect the standards and ideals of the American Red Cross. Instructors teach Red Cross programs within a chapter’s jurisdiction and impart knowledge and skills consistent with American Red Cross policies, procedures, standards and guidelines.
Successful Red Cross instructors share the following traits:
Good communication skills: Speak clearly, listen carefully and use reinforcing body language to effectively communicate with students;
Strong subject knowledge: Are expert on the subject matter and keep on top of new developments;
Positive attitude: Share enthusiasm for the subject matter with others;
Patience and flexibility: Patiently explain facts, answer questions and meet the diverse learning needs of students; and
Professional behavior: Manage groups of people and adhere to rules and regulations.
Becoming a Red Cross instructor is easy with our Fundamentals of Instructor Training class and instructor specialty courses, which can help you build and refine the skills you need to begin making a difference.
If you already have basic-level skills, contact your local chapter about being trained as an instructor.
- Aquatic Leader Activity Report
- Course Record
- Course Record (Sample)
- Course Record Addendum
- Course Record and Addendum (Sample)
- Course Record/Addendum Instructions
- Family Caregiving Activity Report
- Family Caregiving Activity Report Addendum
- First Aid and Preparedness Leader Activity Report
- First Aid and Preparedness Leader Activity Report (Spanish)
- Learn to Swim Certificate Order Form
- Lifeguard Training Activity Report
- Water Safety Activity Report
- Water Safety Activity Report Sample
- Youth Activity Report Form
- Aquatics Course Pre-Registration_Form
Here you can manage class records, access instructor resources and program updates, and learn about new programs.