Water Safety Instructor Blended Learning Course

(ages 16+)

About the Course:

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. This training is the Gold Standard and provides the most comprehensive training for swim instructors.  The curriculum covers teaching progressions, lesson planning, recognizing common skill errors, and providing corrective feedback. Blending learning style is a combination of both in-person and online learning which accommodates individual learning styles and allows participants to learn at their own pace. Students have access to the online content for the period of certification and may log on as needed to reference content or refresh their knowledge.  This type of format allows instructors to focus on skill practice and assessment during all sessions, rather than lecture. 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.

Lifeguard certification is not required.

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Requirements: Participants must be 16 years old by the last day of class and pass a pre-course swimming skills test prior to taking the course. To receive certification, students must attend all in-person skills sessions, complete all the online coursework, and pass the written and skills tests.  

Pre-Course Skills Tests:

Location: Recreation Center Pool

Schedule & Fees:

Location: Recreation Center Pool
If you take the course with us and teach swim lessons for us for six months, you'll receive a 50% refund on the cost.

Please note that all fees include a $50 nonrefundable deposit in the event that a participant does not pass the pre-course skills test and is ineligible for the Water Safety Instructor Course.

check back in Spring 2024Monday - Thursday 3:30-9:00 pm$403 members
$433 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.