Water Safety Instructor Course

(ages 16+)

About the Course:

Become a swim instructor in just nine days.  This course provides candidates with the training that they need to plan and conduct courses within the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety guidelines.  The curriculum covers teaching progressions, lesson planning, recognizing common skill errors, and providing corrective feedback.  Through video and hands-on skill building, the course features clearly described and applied teaching strategies.  Upon successful completion of all activities and written exams, students will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certificate.


There is a physical pre-course skills test which takes place in the pool and must be passed in order to take the course.  Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil to each class.  Rates include a $25 non-refundable deposit in the event that a participant does not pass the pre-course skills test and is ineligible for the training program.  Advanced registration required.

Fall Pre-Course Skills Test:

September 4, Tuesday
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Barlow Mountain Pool (115 Barlow Mountain Road)
Registration Deadline: September 4

Schedule & Fees

Sept. 11 - Nov. 6
(no class 10/16)
Tues. 5:45 pm to 9:45 pmRecreation Center Pool8$370 Members
$400 Non-Members 

Winter Pre-Course Skills Test:

February 9, Saturday
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Recreation Center Pool
Registration Deadline: February 9

Schedule & Fees

Feb. 12 - April 9
(no class 2/19)
Tues. 5:45 pm to 9:45 pmRecreation Center Pool8$370 Members
$400 Non-Members 

Pre-Course Skills Tested:

  1. Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4:
    1. Front crawl – 25 yards
    2. Back crawl – 25 yards
    3. Breaststroke – 25 yards
    4. Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
    5. Sidestroke – 25 yards
    6. Butterfly – 15 yards
  2. Maintain position on back in deep water for 1 minute floating or sculling.
  3. Tread water for 1 minute.