MAY 25, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE:
All Aquatic Training classes have been canceled until further notice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Until pools reopen and physical distancing requirements are lifted it is impossible to conduct Lifeguarding or Water Safety classes.

If you need assistance during this time, please call or text 1-800-916-1213 and a member of our staff will respond within 24 hours.


American Red Cross WSI Certification

Course 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.


  • 16 years & older


  • 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 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

Certification Issued

  • Upon successful completion of the WSI class, participants will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification (WSI) valid for 2 years.

Course Fact Sheet

Registration Class Date Day/Time Fee Class Location
Canceled May 23 & 24, 2020 Sat & Sun 7:30AM $229 Brea, CA 92821
Canceled May 30 & 31, 2020 Sat & Sun 7:30AM $229 Brea, CA 92821
Register Jun 6 & 7, 2020 Sat & Sun 7:30AM $229 Brea, CA 92821
Register Jun 13 & 14, 2020 Sat & Sun 7:30AM $229 Brea, CA 92821
WSI Class FAQs

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.

WSI Certification