Water Safety Instructor

Course Description

This is a BLENDED LEARNING course, which requires the online portion to be completed before class. The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor 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. Books and training materials are included. Please bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch/dinner, and a writing utensil.

Course Prerequisites

  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the first training day.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming strokes and skills consistent with Learn-To-Swim Level 4.
    • 25 yards – front crawl
    • 25 yards – back crawl 
    • 25 yards – breaststroke
    • 25 yards – sidestroke
    • 25 yards – elementary backstroke
    • 15 yards – butterfly
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Maintain position on the back for 1 minute


Please check back for information on Fall 2023 dates. 

Course Participant Minimums

Classes with fewer than four participants will be canceled on the “Registration Deadline” date. If the class is canceled, the participant will receive a full refund.

Refund Policy

Refunds or transfers to other classes are not allowed when the course is less than 48 business hours in advance for most courses (instructor-level courses or other courses that require online prerequisites will require a full week's notice). Once a course has started, we cannot offer refunds (this includes students failing an online or in-person prerequisite). Cancellations and transfers made 48 business hours in advance will result in a $20 administrative fee. Refunds are not given when participants fail prerequisite testing or have started prerequisites. 

Parking Information

All vehicles must register their vehicle with Parking Services and properly display the permit while the vehicle is parked on campus. If you do not have a permit, the closest pay-to-park garage is the Ximenes Garage. It takes debit or credit and it will cost $2/hr. For more information about parking, please check Campus Services or call (210) 458-7275.