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Water Safety Instructor

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor 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.



To participate in the Water Safety Instructor course, individuals must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
    • Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4 (see Appendix B)
      • Front crawl—25 yards
      • Back crawl—25 yards
      • Breaststroke—25 yards
      • Elementary backstroke—25 yards
      • Sidestroke—25 yards
      • Butterfly—15 yards
    • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).
    • Tread water for 1 minute.


Certification Requirements
To become certified as a Water Safety instructor, instructor candidates must:

  • Successfully complete the Precourse Session.
  • Attend and actively participate in all course sessions.
  • Successfully complete class activities, including the online and practice-teaching assignments.
  • Complete and submit homework and lesson plans on time. 
  • Score a minimum of 80 percent on the final written exam 


Next Course: 

Pretest: TBD
In-class days: TBD

              This is a blended learning course and will require about 10 hours of online coursework in addition to the in-class days; computer and internet access are

              required. You will receive login information after completion of the pre-test. 

In-Class Times: TBD

FeesTotal fee:TBD
Register at pool or the link below by: TBD

Course Contact: Brent McDaniel


Phone: (253) 841-8787