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American Red Cross H&S Instructor Answers Page

This page is a collection of American Red Cross materials for American Red Cross Health & Safety (H&S) instructors and instructor-trainers. None of this information is "classified," so it may be of interest to class participants, Authorized Providers, Health & Safety Leaders, and the general public.

HOT TOPIC: New American Red Cross Lifeguarding Released!

The new Lifeguarding program was released on January 30, 2012. Many long-awaited changes have been added, some interesting stuff is included, but there are also (as always) some impractical and/or disappointing changes (like no more Challenge).

Authorized Provider Resources

An authorized provider (AP) is an organization or individual who partners with the Red Cross to provide Red Cross programs to employees, customers, or the general public, especially in areas where the Red Cross has limited access. For example, nearly all Red Cross aquatic courses and programs are offered by authorized providers.

Course Reporting/Saba Database

The Saba database, officially known as the Learning Center, is the Red Cross tool for tracking the credentials and teaching activities of its Health and Safety Instructors and Instructor-Trainers nationwide, for course reporting and approval, and for providing periodic certificate updates and reauthorizations.

Accessing the Saba Database

Authorized Provider Attachment/Instructor Number

Course Reporting/Printing Certificates

Printing Your Credentials

Recertification as an Instructor/IT

Updating to Program Revisions

Historical/National/International Info

The American Red Cross is part of an exciting historical and international movement that has had a profound inpact on the health, safety, and welfare of people everywhere. This section provides some important documents and links to this proud and exciting worldwide history.

American National Red Cross 
Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT)
International Red Cross

Instructor's Nook

Not quite a "corner," this section contains information about Red Cross programs similar the the stuff you can find on And if this makes any Red Cross big-wigs and high muckimucks nervous, please note that sensitive Red Cross program information (e.g., exam answer keys, etc.) will not be published here. However, many important program-related announcement, FAQs, fact sheets, and other information can be found here.

Administering Oxygen

AED Training

Bloodborne Pathogens: PDT

Citizen CPR (Hands Only CPR)

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

Emergency Medical Responder

First Aid/CPR/AED

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22; California)

First Aid for Youth


Lifeguarding and LGI

Longfellow's WHALE Tales

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

Swimming/Water Safety and WSI

Instructor-Trainer Resources

An instructor-trainer (IT) in Red Cross H&S is a key training resource with the primary responsibility to train instructors. Often qualified individuals contact Water Safety Guy seeking the "IT Course" for Water Safety or Lifeguarding. No such course has ever existed. To learn more, read on in this section.

Policies, Procedures, and Goverance

The American Red Cross H&S Organization (also known as Preparedness Education) is undergoing many changes, including a reorganization that creates more centralized control of local H&S programs and resources by Red Cross National Headquarters. With nothing set in strong these days, this section with attemp[t to capture new developments in terms of Red Cross H&S policy and procedures to minimize confusion at this precarious time in American Red Cross history.

Administrative Policies/Terms

Americans with Disability Act (ADA)


OSHA Alliance

Program Development/Delivery Policies

Red Cross Science

Before someone makes a joke about oximorons like "Military Intelligence," here are various advisories, answers, and scientific position statements made by American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committees on many health science topics. These topics are taken from American Red Cross Instructor's Corner web site.