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Water Safety Instructor Certification

2 Day Class


The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification is to train Instructor candidates to teach all of the courses presented in the Swimming and Water Safety Program to all age groups; from Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim Levels 1 to 6 and Adult Swim. This certification is the gold standard for all Swimming Instructors. This is a Blended Learning Course with online coursework, classroom and in-water skills tests. The 8 hour online portion of this course must be completed prior to the first day of class.


We offer both community certification courses and private workplace WSI trainings. For workplace lifeguard trainings where our Instructors travel to your location, please click here

Swimming Instructor


  • Participants must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of class
  • Complete Red Cross 8 Hours Online Course work, must bring verification of completion to first day of class
  • Proficiently Swim 25 yards of each of the 6 strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Elementary Backstroke and Sidestroke)
  • Tread water for 1 minute only using legs. Face must stay above the surface of the water
  • Back float for 1 minute in deep water

California: Water Safety Instructor Class Details & Registration

Kern County WSI Training Course
Riverside County
San Diego WSI Training Course
San Francisco Bay Area WSI Training Classes

Nevada: Water Safety Instructor Class Details & Registration

Las Vegas WSI Training Classes

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