American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Class

The primary purpose of the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor class is to train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics. Certification valid for 2 years.


Upcoming Course (click below to register):

Summer 2020 Session (must attend all):

Monday, June 8, 2020 from 10:00am to 5:00 pm (incl. 1 hour lunch break)

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 10:00am to 5:00 pm (incl. 1 hour lunch break)

Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 10:00am to 6:00 pm (incl. 1 hour lunch break)

Friday, June 12, 2020 from 10:00am to 6:00 pm (incl. 1 hour lunch break)



Water Safety Instructor Course Prerequisites

To be eligible for the Water Safety Instructor course, instructor candidates must:


  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the last scheduled day of the instructor course.
  • Successfully complete the pre-course session, including demonstrating competency in the pre-course swim skills evaluation. Candidates who do not pass the pre-course swim skills evaluation will be refunded all but $80.
  • Pre-course required skills include:  Swim 25 yards of Front crawl, Back crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke consistent with ARC Level 4 & 15 yards of Butterfly; Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling); Tread water (1 minute)


Instructor Certification Requirements

To be certified as a Water Safety instructor, instructor candidates must:


  • Successfully complete the pre-course session.
  • Complete the online Orientation to the Swimming and Water Safety Program, which includes the online orientation to the American Red Cross.
  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions
  • Successfully complete class activities, including all assigned online content (as appropriate based on delivery method) and the required practice-teaching assignments.
  • Achieve a minimum score of 80 percent on the Water Safety Instructor course final written exam.


Candidates who fail to pass the pre-course but fail to achieve all of the other certification requirements will not be provided any full or partial refund.  This is a blended learning course offering which will require candidates to complete an online portion (approximately 7 hours). Course length excluding the online portion is 23.5 hours. Fee includes course materials.





WSI Course Fee


Total:  $272*


*$80 non-refundable if pre-test is failed