Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

35-40 hours

If you are at least 16 years old and a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This course will help you teach skills that may save a life, gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional, earn money or join a volunteer team while you help people learn valuable skills.

In addition you will learn organizational and presentation skills that will help you in any career and make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you want to splash around with kids and teach them to swim, help children and adults refine their strokes or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.


Minimum age of 16. Fundamentals of Instructor Training Course (FIT). Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes:

Front Crawl - 25 yards

Back Crawl - 25 yards

Breaststroke - 25 yards

Elementary backstroke - 25 yards

Sidestroke - 25 yards

Butterfly - 15 yards

Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)

Tread water for 1 minute

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New York City American Red Cross Training