Water Safety Instructor Course (WSI) – Blended Learning Format

This course is dedicated to developing the skills and knowledge that is needed to plan and teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program.

This course is dedicated to developing the skills and knowledge that is needed to plan and teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. This course is not designed to teach basic-level swimming skills.

The blended learning course format requires participant to complete online course work between classes. Once registration is complete, candidates will received the online course link with details for completion.

Course Prerequisites:
To participant in the Water Safety Instructor course, candidates must be at least 16 years old by the last day of the course. Please bring proof of age to the first day (driver’s license or birth certificate).

Participants must demonstrate the following skills at the pre-course at the start of the first class day:

Water Safety Instructor Full Course

1.Swim the following strokes consistent with the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Level 4 Stroke Performance Criteria:

  • Front Crawl-25 yards
  • Back Crawl- 25 yards
  • Breaststroke- 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke- 25 yards
  • Sidestroke- 25 yards
  • Butterfly- 15 yards

2. Maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).

3. Tread water for 1 minute.


Course Information

A free skills evaluation is available.
Participants are encouraged to have their skills assessed prior to the pre-course, held on the first day. Once registered and paid in full, participants will receive 2 visit passes to practice build their endurance in the water and practice pre-course skills.

To arrange a free skills evaluation, contact Jennifer Pageot, below.

2019 Dates

  1. Sundays, 9am – 2pm, March 3, March 10, March 31, April 7, April 14 (No class 3/17 & 3/24) Registration code: 260102 A
  2. Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm May 20 – 23 Registration Code: 260102 B


UMF Fitness & Recreation Center Members: $325 / Non-Members: $400


Withdrawing from the course after registration and prior to 10 days of course start dates, course fee minus $50 will be returned.

Course fee, minus $50, will be returned for candidates who are not eligible for the course by not passing the pre-course skill work.

Candidates who do not meet the overall course requirements or withdraw from the course on or within 10 day of the first day, are not eligible for a refund.


To Register
Complete the registration form below and submit it to the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center, along with full payment.

Course Registration Form (pdf)


Course Completion:
Course completion certificates will be awarded to instructor candidates who successfully complete the pre-course session, attended every class session, successful perform all practice-teaching assignments and past the final written exam with a score of 80 percent or higher (correctly answer at least 40 of 50 questions). Candidates must also demonstrate maturity and responsibility throughout the course.

Medical Conditions or Disabilities:
Course work will include physical exercise. If you have a medical condition or disability or if you have any questions about your ability to participant fully in this course, discuss them with your physician or health-care provider and with Jennifer Pageot before the start of the course.


For Aquatics / Pool info, contact:

Jennifer Pageot
Assistant Director, Fitness & Recreation Center
Manager of Aquatics & Program Supervisor
tel 207-778-7437

Contact Us

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine at Farmington
152 Quebec Street
Farmington, ME 04938
tel 207-778-7495
fax 207-778-7202