American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Training

Offered in April, May and September each year. The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification course will train candidates to teach swim lessons and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. This course will also train candidates to develop their understanding of how to use course materials, how to conduct training sessions/lesson, and how to evaluate participants progress. The course will be scheduled for two consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Saturday, Sunday of the following week).


  • WSI candidates MUST be at least 16 years of age
  • Lifeguard certification NOT required, but recommended
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the swimming skills listed below (on the first day of class)

Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4:

  • Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, Sidestroke - 25 yard
  • Butterfly - 15 yards
  • Back float for 1 minute (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute