Water Safety Instructor

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).

WSI 1    WSI 2

Learning Objectives:

  • 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)

Certification Requirements:

  • 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.

Water Safety

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.

Participant Materials:
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