Water Safety Instructor Course Description

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The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course is to provide individuals with an awareness of the importance of water safety training and to provide general information about being safe in, on or around the water. Participants will learn to teach individuals of different ages and abilities how to swim. The program covers the knowledge and skills needed for aquatic skill development.

Participants will identify and discuss water safety tips that help individuals remain safe in, on or around the water. They will identify and discuss water safety tips for specific aquatic environments such as home pools, lakes and rivers, spas and waterparks.

Cost: $250.00 (includes WSI Instructor kit)


Upcoming Classes

2018 Classes

Class 1 - Runs from March 28 to April 18 at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center in Idaho Falls. Class meets Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Schedule varies. See the registration form for exact dates and times

Registration form can be downloaded under the "Register for Class" tab. The Water Safety Instructor course and the Lifeguarding course should not be taken at the same time.

Candidates with questions can call 208-360-6491 or email the instructors. Email Instructor

Important Facts About Swimming

Lifeguard CPR1. Death by drowning is a leading public health problem in all countries.

2. The vast majority of deaths by drowning can be prevented.

3. Everyone, ideally commencing at a young age should have access to training in water safety.

4. Knowledge and understanding of water environments and their associated hazards should be taught to everyone at the earliest possible age.


Guard Tube1. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

2. Participants must swim the following strokes consistent with the Level 4 Stroke Performance Chart. Front crawl - 25 yards, Back crawl - 25 yards, Breaststroke - 25 yards, Elementary backstroke - 25 yards, Sidestroke - 25 yards and Butterfly - 15 yards.

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

4. Tread water for 1 minute.