Water Safety Instructor Course



Price Includes:
Online Prerequisites/Certification
Pre-Course Water Testing
Course Materials
Certification Card

2017 Course:

5:00-10:00 pm
April 5th, 12th, 19th, May 3rd, 10th & 17th
May 24th will be the bad weather make up day

Must attend all 6 classes

All materials will be distributed on the first day of the class

Online Prerequisites must be done before the first class and certification brought to class on the first day

A $25.00 fee will be charged and student will not be allowed to enter the class if online certification is not received at first class


Purpose of Class:
The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.

*Prior to teaching Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Water Safety Instructors must complete an online orientation to Safety Training for Swim Coaches on Instructor's Corner.

• Be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the Instructor Course
• Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
     1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4:
          • Front Crawl - 25 yards
          • Back Crawl - 25 yards
          • Breaststroke - 25 yards
          • Elementary Backstroke - 25 yards
          • Sidestroke - 25 yards
          • Butterfly - 15 yards
     2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
     3. Tread water for 1 minute

Learning Objectives:
  • Exhibit the characteristics required of a Red Cross representative and role model

  • Conduct courses in a manner that helps participants stay engaged in the learning process

  • Effectively use program materials and training equipment

  • Ensure participants’ health and safety during training

  • Identify required information for reporting course enrollments and maintaining instructor certification

  • Deliver quality, consistent and standardized content
    by following the Water Safety Instructor’s Manual
  • Identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons

  • Monitor participants’ practice and provide positive, corrective feedback and encouragement consistent with the skill charts and assessment tool

  • Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participants’ progress in swim lessons

  • Describe the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it

  • Modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges, including dealing with participants who misbehave

  • Demonstrate the ability to accommodate participants who move, learn, communicate and behave differently

Certificate Requirements:
To become certified as a Water Safety Instructor, instructor candidates must:
• Successfully complete the Precourse Session and online prerequisites
• Attend and actively participate in all course sessions
• Successfully complete class activities, including the required practice teaching assignments
• Score a minimum of 80 percent (40 correct answers out of 50 questions

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:
American Red Cross certificate for Water Safety Instructor: 2 years