Water Safety Instructor

Course Description:

The Water Safety Instructor course teaches candidates how to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. This includes Parent and Child Aquatics, Pre-School Aquatics, Learn to Swim, Adult Swim, and various water safety presentations.


  • Candidates must be 16 years old before the last date of the class
  • Must pass a pre-course evalutation with the following elements:
    • Swim the following strokes at a Level 4 proficiency:
      • 25 yards Freestyle
      • 25 yeards Backstroke
      • 25 yards Breaststroke
      • 25 yards Elementary Backstroke
      • 25 yards Sidestroke
      • 15 yards Butterfly
    • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
    • Tread water for 1 minute
    • Attendance is required at all sessions in order to pass the course


  • $160 for WSU students/faculty/staff and $170 for community members
    • Cost includes non-refundable $10 pre-test
  • Register Here Part of your registration fee will be paid directly to the American Red Cross. You will recieve that payment link after completing this registration process. 

Upcoming Classes *Registration for Spring Classes will open December 1st

  • January 7-17, Tues-Fri, 6pm-9pm
  • May 4-15, Mon-Fri, 4pm-8pm

Needs a minimum of 5 participants