Water Safety Instructor Courses

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares students to teach swim lessons to a variety of ages and skill levels.  This three-day course will incorporate online learning, in-person lecture, and in-water practice.  Participants who complete the course will earn an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification.

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In order to participate in the course, each person must:

  1. Be 16 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  2. Successfully complete the Pre-Course Skills Test (see below).

Pre-Course Skills Test

Prospective candidates must pass all pre-course skills test in order to continue in the Water Safety Instructor Course. The Skills Tests consists of the following:
  1.  Front crawl - 25 yards
  2. Back crawl - 25 yards
  3. Breastroke - 25 yards
  4. Elementary backstroke - 25 yards
  5. Sidestroke - 25 yards
  6. Butterfly - 15 yards
  7. Float on back for 1 minute
  8. Tread water for 1 minute

Class Offerings - Dates and Registration

Below are the Water Safety Instructor Course dates.
  • Fee: $200
  • Location: Community Recreation Center (CRC) - 30875 Rancho Vista Rd.
  • Register: Online.  Click here for the online catalog
  • Activity #: 5020.1

Water Safety Instructor Classes

Please see the catalog for class times. 
SessionClass Date Skills Test DateLocation Fee
1Sept 15-17First day of class (Sept 15)CRC$150
2Nov 10-12First day of class (Nov 10)CRC$150
3Dec 20-22First day of class (Dec 20)CRC$150
4Feb 17-19First day of class (Feb 17)CRC$200*
5Mar 27-29First day of class (Mar 28)CRC$200*

*Fee subject to change.

Certification Requirements

In order to pass the class and receive certifications, participants must:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required final rescue skill scenarios.
  • Pass all final written exams with minimum grades of 80%.

Upon successful completion of the course, certifications will be emailed to the email address provided when you sign-up for the class within 2 weeks.