American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification – WSI
Class Description
  • The Water Safety Instructor certification course trains WSI candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants progress.
Class Prerequisites
  • Water Safety Instructor candidates must be at least 16 years old
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills (on the first day of class):
      • Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4:
          • Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke – 25 yards
          • Butterfly – 15 yards
      • Back float for 1 minute (floating or sculling)
      • Tread water for 1 minute
Certification Requirements
  • Complete the online Orientation to the Swimming & Water Safety Program
  • 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
Required Online Course
  • Prior to the in-class date, all Water Safety Instructor candidates must complete an online course thru the Red Cross Learning Center for $35 (payable to the Red Cross).
  • Information on completing the online course will be emailed to Water Safety Instructor candidates upon registering for a class.
Certification Issued
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification (WSI) valid for 2 years
Fact Sheet
Registration Class Date Day/Time Fee Class Location
Canceled Nov 9 & 10, 2019 Sat & Sun 8:00am $275 Irvine, CA 92620
Our 2020 class schedule coming soon.
Water Safety Instructor Class FAQ’s

Course Manuals and Forms

Links to all course manuals and class forms will be emailed to WSI candidates upon registering for a class. If you do not receive the email please contact our office at 949-420-0804.

What to Bring to Class

  • Course Manuals (digital or printed copies)
  • Class Forms (printed copies)
  • Water Safety Instructor online course completion report (printed or photo proof)
  • Proof of completion of the Orientation to the Swimming & Water Safety Program (printed or photo proof)
  • Bathing suit, goggles, towel and a dry change of clothes
  • A pen or pencil and paper for notes

Program Policies

Class Transfers – The class transfer fee is $75 and registered participants are required to submit a Transfer Request online at least 48 hours prior to the original class date. Transfer class must be completed within 60 days of the original class date.

No Refunds – Training deposits are nonrefundable and No refunds will be issued once course fees have been submitted. If a participant is unable to pass the prerequisites or final exams the participant may transfer to a class at a later date (if available). If a participant is absent from any scheduled class days or times, the participant will not be offered a transfer or refund of any kind.

No Visitors – Only registered participants are allowed on the pool deck or in the classrooms during training. All visitors including parents must wait in the parking lot.

Cancelled Classes – Safe Swim reserves the right to cancel classes as needed. In the event a class is canceled registered participants will be offered a transfer to a different class free of charge or a full refund of the training deposit.

Need help or have more questions?

For more information or help with training registration contact us at 949-420-0804.

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