Water Safety Instructor

Earn your certification to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety, and gain the skills needed to teach courses and make presentations to swimmers of every age and ability. 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. The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course trains instructor candidates to teach all of the skills presented in the Swimming and Water Safety program to all age groups; teach the fundamental Learn-to-swim courses including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-3 and private swimming lessons, 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.

Throughout the courses we'll focus on a number of key areas that can help you succeed as aquatics instructor, such as:

  • Water safety at public pools, homes, natural bodies of water and more, including the Circle of Drowning Prevention and Chain of Drowning Survival.
  • Hydrodynamics, including why some things float, resistance to movement and creating movement in water, swimming efficiency and laws of levers.
  • Basic safety, survival and swimming skills to help children gain water competency.
  • Helping people with disabilities and other health conditions enjoy the water safely.

Water Safety Instructors will also learn how to teach:

  • Higher-level swim skills that help prepare people of all ages for any aquatic activity.
  • Stroke mechanics for all competitive strokes as well as starts, turns and headfirst entries.
  • Water safety certification courses, including Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue.
  • Fundamentals of diving from a diving board.
  • Aquatic fitness and training for people of any age.

This certification is great for those looking for experience teaching, leading a group, providing corrective feedback, and writing lesson plans!


Wellness dimension: occupational
Wellness dimension: physical


This session is scheduled as a blended learning course to maximize our in person learning sessions; participants must attend all scheduled class dates.

The online portion of the training must be completed prior to the first in person training session.

Participants must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the following skills (on the first day of class) consistent with Level 4 swim technique: swim 25 yards- Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Elementary Backstroke, and Sidestroke plus 15 yards of Butterfly.  Additionally, participants must be at least 16 years of age by the end of the course.

Instructors can provide a variety of accommodations, please contact: Jaclyn Pryor (520) 621-0473 or jaclynpryor@email.arizona.edu, to request disability-related accommodations or with questions about accessibility.


Where & When

Pool & Pool Deck (Shallow End - Middle, Outdoor Conference Room)
Friday, September 13 | 5:15pm - 8:30pm
Friday, September 20 | 5:15pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, September 21 | 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, September 22 | 8:00am - 5:00pm


Aug 19, 2019 - Sep 9, 2019

Min: 4

Max: 8


Member/ StudentNon-Member