Water Safety Instructor Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program is two-fold: to teach people how to be safe in, on, and around water; and to teach people of all ages and varying abilities how to swim. Using a logical progression, the program covers the knowledge and skills needed for aquatic skill development which, in turn, leads to safer and better swimmers.

WSI Participant Manual

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Criteria for Course Completion & Certification

On successful completion of the Water Safety Instructor Course, participants receive American Red Cross certificate for Water Safety Instructor.

To successfully complete the Water Safety Instructor course, the participant must:

  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills and activities.
30 Hours
Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center 29 Santa Barbara Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Course Prerequisites

Participants must be 16 years old and able to swim 25 yards of all six strokes (freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, and tread water for 2 minutes)



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There is a $25 cancellation/transfer fee for all Health and Safety Classes. For courses cancelled less than 48 hours before the course offering, there will be no refunds.