ARC Water Safety Instructor Training

Swim Instructor Training

To teach American Red Cross swimming lessons, instructors must successfully complete 2 courses.  The first is the Fundamentals of Instructor (FIT) Training, which prepares individuals to teach American Red Cross classes.  The second is the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course, which prepares individuals to teach American Red Cross swimming lessons and water safety classes. Both of these courses are included in this swim instructor training. 

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This course is strictly limited to those individuals that are at least 16 years of age by the end of the course and are able successfully demonstrate the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation. The prerequisite swimming skills evaluation is completed on the first day and includes the following skills:

  • Stroke Demonstration: Swim front crawl 25 yards, back crawl 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, elementary backstroke 25 yards, sidestroke 25 yards, and butterfly 15 yards.
  • Back Float: Maintain a position on back for 1 minute (fining or sculling acceptable).
  • Tread Water: Tread water for 1 minute.

The skills evaluation is design to determine whether individuals have the necessary water skills knowledge and ability to successfully participate in the class.