WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR
The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.
*Prior to teaching Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Water Safety Instructors must complete an online orientation to Safety Training for Swim Coaches on Instructor’s Corner.
Be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the Instructor Course
Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4:
o Front Crawl – 25 yards
o Back Crawl – 25 yards
o Breaststroke – 25 yards
o Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards
o Sidestroke – 25 yards
o Butterfly – 15 yards.
2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
3. Tread water for 1 minute
Exhibit the characteristics required of a Red Cross representative and role model
Conduct courses in a manner that helps participants stay engaged in the learning process
Effectively use program materials and training equipment
Ensure participants’ health and safety during training
Identify required information for reporting course enrollments and maintaining instructor certification
Deliver quality, consistent and standardized content by following the Water Safety Instructor’s Manual
Identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons
Monitor participants’ practice and provide positive, corrective feedback and encouragement consistent with the skill charts and skill assessment tool
Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participants’ progress in swim lessons
Describe the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it
Modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges, including dealing with participants who misbehave
Demonstrate the ability to accommodate participants who move, learn, communicate and behave differently
Successfully complete the Precourse Session
Attend and actively participate in all course sessions
Successfully complete class activities, including the required practice teaching assignments
Score a minimum of 80 percent (40 correct answers out of 50 questions) on the final written exam
- 2 year Red Cross certification.