COURSE: American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Purpose: Train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue course, six levels of the Learn-to-Swim and Parent and Child Aquatics.
- Be at least 16 years of age by the last scheduled session of the instructor course; and
- Successfully complete the precourse session (swimming skills).
- Expand on information on the American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) course; - Identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons;
- Describe the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it; and
- Observe swimming skills and accurately classify them and suggest appropriate interventions to improve them. Length: 34 hours (including pre-course session)
- Complete all reading assignments;
- Attend all class sessions;
- Participate in all activities;
- Successfully complete all practice-teaching assignments;
- Pass the final written exam with a minimum grade of 80 percent (40 correct answers out of 50 questions; and - Demonstrate maturity and responsibility throughout the course.
Certificate Issued and Validity Period - Water Safety Instructor (r. 04): Authorization is valid for 2 calendar years. All authorizations expire on December 31. Initial authorization may be less or more depending on when training is completed.
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Candidate's Kit (includes Water Safety Instructor's Manual, including CD-ROM, Swimming and Water Safety manual, Water Safety Handbook, Learn-to-Swim booklets) (StayWell Stock No. 651311).
Contact: Judy Lemke, Instructor Trainer, WSI