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Aquatics Training

Aquatics Training Opportunities

We offer both Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor Training classes to prepare you for future aquatic job opportunities. Our classes are offered at an affordable rate by certified Red Cross Instructors.


Learn what it takes to join our training classes:

Training Details

Lifeguard Training

Pool and Red Cross fee $160 (paid at time of registration)
Make check payable to City of St. Petersburg.
Prior to the first class, down load books from the Red Cross web site or purchase books online from www.redcrossstore.org - $34.99 plus shipping and tax.
Fee assistance available to those that qualify. Contact 727-893-7727 for details.

Water Safety Instructor

Red Cross fee $37 (paid at time of registration)
Make check payable to City of St. Petersburg.
Prior to the first class, down load books from the Red Cross web site or purchase books online from www.redcrossstore.org - $44.99 plus shipping and tax.

Call (727) 893-7727 for more information.

Register for a Training Course

You must register in person at Northshore Pool, 901 North Shore Dr.NE Pay in full at the time of registration. Hours are: Mon/Wed/Fri: 7am -6:30pm; T/Th: 7am-8pm; Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 1pm-4pm.

Proof of Age required at Registration. You must be 15 for Lifeguard Training by time the class concludes and complete a prerequisite swim test, and for the Water Safety Instructor course you must be 16 by the first day of the class and complete a prerequisite swim test.

Please Note

  • Come prepared to swim for all classes including the first day. We suggest bringing two towels, warm cloths to change into, your books, e-reader (for downloadable books), pen, pencil, highlighter to each class. We also suggest bringing lunch, drinks and snacks.

  • Books for both classes are available through the Red Cross, www.redcrossstore.org or downloadable from the Red Cross web site at no cost.

Training Schedule

Lifeguard Training Sessions


Saturday, November 23 - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at Walter Fuller Pool
7883 26th Ave. N.
727-893-7636

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, January 18-20 & Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at Walter Fuller Pool
7883 26th Ave. N.
727-893-7636


Monday - Friday, March 16-20, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at Lake Vista Pool
1450 60th Ave. S.
727-893-7745


Saturday, Tuesday & Thursday, March 28, 31 & April 2, 4, 7, 9 & 11, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturday) & 4 - 8 p.m. (Tuesday & Thursday)
at Lake Vista Pool
1450 60th Ave. S.
727-893-7745

Water Safety Instructor Sessions


Saturday & Sunday, December 7-8 & 14-15, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at Walter Fuller Pool
7883 26th Ave. N.
727-893-7636


Saturday, Sunday & Monday, February 15-17 & Saturday & Sunday, February 22-23, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at Walter Fuller Pool
7883 26th Ave. N.
727-893-7636


Monday - Friday, March 16-20, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
at North Shore Aquatic Complex
901 N. Shore Dr. NE
727-893-7727


Saturday, Tuesday & Thursday, April 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, & May 2, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Saturday) & 4 - 8 p.m. (Tuesday & Thursday)
at Lake Vista Pool
901 N. Shore Dr. NE
727-893-7745