Justin Padgett, 
executive director, Landmark Learning
Justin Padgett, executive director, Landmark Learning

Lifeguarding in a remote location is very different than lifeguarding in a pool. That difference led Justin Padgett at Landmark Learning to develop a different kind of lifeguard training program, Wilderness StarGuard, with Starfish Aquatics Institute in 2000.

“We started talking about how to merge … an open waterfront lifeguarding course with wilderness medicine,” Padgett says.

The outdoor training organization was just accredited by the Accrediting Council on Continuing Education and Training, a U.S. Department of Education nationally recognized accrediting agency for an initial five-year period. “Now we’re in a position to offer college credit transfers,” Padgett says.