Swim Instructor Training

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Class Description

  • The Water Safety Instructor certification course trains WSI candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants progress.

Class Prerequisites

  • Water Safety Instructor candidates must be at least 16 years old
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills (on the first day of class):
      • Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4:
          • Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke – 25 yards
          • Butterfly – 15 yards
      • Back float for 1 minute (floating or sculling)
      • Tread water for 1 minute

Certification Requirements

  • Complete the online Orientation to the Swimming & Water Safety Program
  • Complete the online Water Safety Instructor course
  • Attend all class sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam

Required Online Course

  • Prior to the in-class date, all Water Safety Instructor candidates must complete an online course thru the Red Cross Learning Center for $35 (payable to the Red Cross).
  • Information on completing the online course will be emailed to Water Safety Instructor candidates upon registering for a class.

Certification Issued

  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification (WSI) valid for 2 years

 Find the WSI Fact Sheet here

Note: In order to participate in Water Safety Instructor certification classes, participants must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the course.


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