American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Training

Through our Aquatic Instructor Training program, you can help recreational swimmers meet their goals, refine their skills and stay safe in, on, and around water. Choose the training that best meets your needs:

The Basic Swim Instructor (BSI) course trains instructor candidates to teach the fundamental Learn-to-swim courses including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-3 and private swimming lessons (for the courses listed). BSI candidates are not required to perform advanced swimming strokes and skills such as butterfly, backstroke and diving.

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course trains instructor candidates to teach all the courses presented in the Swimming and Water Safety program to all age groups; all the courses listed above, plus Learn-to-Swim Levels 4-6 and Adult Swim. This certification is the gold standard and provides the most comprehensive training for swim instructors.

The WSI course is an approximate 30-hour program. Candidates need to be present for each class.

Candidates must be at least 16 years old and must demonstrate with proficiency the following:



Water Safety Instruction courses are held on an as needed basis. Please contact us to schedule a class.