Water Safety Instructor Course (WSI)
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. It 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.
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:
1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Level 4 Stroke Performance Criteria: *Basic Swim Instructor certification is also available!
- 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.
To be an effective Water Safety instructor, candidates must be familiar with the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety manual, the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Manual CD-ROM and other course materials and videos. Candidates will be given practice-teaching assignments, which will give them experience in presenting information and teaching skills to other course candidates, conducting classes and evaluating skills.
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.
Mon. – Fri. April 17 – 21 10am-5:30pm
A minimum number of 4 candidates must be registered 7 business days prior the first class.
$315 UMF Fitness & Recreation Center Members / $378 Non-Members
*UMF Students should contact Jennifer for information on the job training.
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 four day of the first day, are not eligible for a refund.
Complete the registration form below and submit it to the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center, along with full payment.
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.
Course fee, minus $50, will be returned for candidates who are not eligible for the course by not passing the pre-course skill work. Participants who do not meet the overall course requirements or withdraw from the course on or after the first day, are not eligible for a refund.
For Aquatics / Pool info, contact:
Assistant Director, Fitness & Recreation Center
Manager of Aquatics & Program Supervisor