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Water Safety Instructor

Course Description

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course trains instructor candidates to teach the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety programs. Such courses include: Parent and Child aquatics, Preschool aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Basic Water Rescue, Personal Water Safety, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Water Safety Today, and various other water safety presentations. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age before course end date and will be given practice-teaching assignments that will give them experience in teaching course materials, presentation, demonstration, organization, class management, and evaluating participant progression.  Books and training materials are included with the registration fee. This course is approximately 32 hours of instruction, upon successful completion of the course and final exam, candidates will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification.


Candidates MUST be able to demonstrate proficiently the following strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (back stroke), breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and butterfly. You must also be able to demonstrate floating on the back and treading water for 1 minute. You can view a video demonstration of the different strokes before coming to perform the prerequisites below:


Water Safety Instructor




Front Crawl

Back Crawl

Breast Stroke

Side Stroke

Elementary Backstroke


Next Course Dates and Times

This program is currently on hiatus.  Please check back at a later time!

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