Lifeguarding and WSI Classes

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor


The Water Safety Instructor course certifies swimming instructors to teach Red Cross swimming, diving and water safety programs. To be eligible for this course, candidates must be 16 years of age on or before the final day of class, and must possess and display maturity and self-control. Candidates must also be able to demonstrate skills that meet at least American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim Level 4 performance criteria during the pre-course session (first day of class.) Please see criteria below.

A course book will be provided when payment is received. Books should be reviewed before the class begins. Successful participants will receive the Water Safety Instructor Certificate, which recognizes them as possessing the tools to teach course offerings within the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim and Water Safety programs.

For: Ages 16+ interested in becoming a professional Swim Instructor.

Meets: M/W Nov. 2-21 5:30 - 9pm

Fee: $140 + $39 American Red Cross fee 
(Sorry, no resident discount.)

Class Prerequisites


  • Minimum age of 16 years old
  • Demonstrate proficiency in six strokes: front crawl (freestyle), back crawl (backstroke), elementary backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and butterfly – 25 yards per stroke
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Back float for 1 minute

Certification Requirements


  • Complete the online American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Orientation
  • Complete the online Water Safety Instructor Course
  • Attend all class sessions
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written exam
  • Certificates Issued
Successful Water Safety Instructor candidates will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification valid for 2 years

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