American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Class

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American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Programs

The WSI course trains instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety programs: parent/child, preschool aquatics, learn-to-swim, adult swim, private lessons, water safety course (with safety training for swim coaches if applicable to participants).

This certification is the gold standard and provides the most complete training for swim instructors (must be 16 years old by class completion date). Class format will be blended learning, which totals 30 hours and 15 minutes of training. This combined format has online training and in-person skills sessions.


WSI Certification Class

$575 per course
  • 16 yrs. & up ↑
  • (SUN) 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
    (TUE/THU) 3:45–8:00 PM
  • $50: Cost of certification at the end of the course, if all requirements of the course are reached (payable to the instructor). You will need to provide your own CPR mask.

Session Information

SUNDAYS:   May 22, June 5 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
TUESDAYS:  May 24, May 31, June 7 3:45–8:00 PM
THURSDAYS:  May 26, June 2, June 9 3:45–8:00 PM
  • All participants must complete prerequisite test to be able to participate in the WSI class.

  • Skills Required: Front crawl 25 yards, back crawl 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, elementary backstroke 25 yards, sidestroke 25 yards, butterfly 15 yards, floating or sculling for one minute, and treading water for one minute.

  • Must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last date of the course.

  • All classes are mandatory; there are no makeups.

  • Class is nonrefundable.


Must have six participants to run class. Dates are subject to change.

Class Fee: $575, plus cost of ARC Certificate fee and $50 payable to instructor if all requirements are met.

Books and materials provided. Participants should be prepared with swimsuit, swimcap, goggles, laptop, a two-inch three-ring binder, and pens/pencils.

To schedule a prerequisite assessment, please contact Marlena Rykala at [email protected].

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