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Swim Instructor (WSI) Course

Get paid to share share your skills and knowledge.  The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course can help young teenagers get a job and prepare them for a career in the education field.  The certification is a life-long certification for as long as you keep teaching.  You will definitely get back your money’s worth and more.

The course is for anyone age 16 or older.

This course is a certification course that will allow you to teach everyone, infants to adults, how to swim.  You will also be able to teach water safety courses and safety training for swim coaches.

Please bring a towel, goggles, water shoes or shoes that will not slip on wet surfaces and a change of dry clothes.

Minimum of four participants required for this course to run. A payment plan is available; call the Aquatics Director for more information at ext. 129.

This is a blended learning course.

This is a blended learning course.  That means 7 hours of course work online and 24 hours of pool instruction time.  The pool sessions will be done at the YWCA pool with an instructor.  It is mandatory that students register online with the American Red Cross 3 days prior to the first day of pool sessions.

The pre-course swim test is the following:
Front crawl- 25 meters
Back crawl- 25 meters
Breaststroke- 25 meters
Elementary backstroke- 25 meters
Sidestroke- 25 meters
Butterfly – 15 meters (half the pool length; it does not have to be perfect, but you do need to move forward in the water)
Back float in deep end for 1 minute (sculling allowed)
Tread water for 1 minute

After you have passed the try out you can register at the YWCA front desk by paying for the course.  The course costs $150  Then the online course link will be emailed to you.  You will also need to register for the online course through the American Red Cross and pay their non-refundable $35 fee.


The pool sessions will be June 15-21  CANCELED
Reschedule Date: To be Determined