Water Safety Instructor Courses

COVID-19 Precautions: Physical distancing of 6 feet or more will be maintained when possible but please recognize that some training activities will require closer than 6 feet.  Class size will be limited, face coverings will be required unless in the water and temperatures will be checked daily prior to class.  

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.


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: $175
  • 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.  The Skill Test date is mandatory for the class selected.
SessionClass Date Skills Test DateLocation 
 1Jan 16-18, 2021Contact us CRC
 2Apr 1-3, 2021Mar 11 - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. CRC
 3*Apr 16-18, 2021*TBD CRC

*Currently only available to City of Temecula employees

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.