Swimming Instructor

Learn more about how to become a Red Cross Swimming Instructor

Becoming Certified

Want to know what you need to start working at the pool? This consultation will both access your skills and help you develop a path to employment in Aquatics.

To book a consultation please call Vicki at 403-210-7832.

Learn more about how to become a Red Cross Swimming Instructor or Red Cross Lifeguard.

Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Prep Camp

If you're thinking of becoming a lifeugard or swim instructor, this camp is for you: Swimmers will be introduced to lifeguard rescue and first aid skills. Have fun with rescue tubes and other lifeguard tools.  This camp will also provide you with an opportunity to review your swimming skills and gain added insight on your strokes.  Instructors will give an orientation to the Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor programs.  For those eligible, Step 1 of the WSI certification process can be attempted.

Water Safety Instructor Step 1 - Skills Evaluation

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) program prepares you to instruct Red Cross Swim Programs. This evaluation ensures that you have the necessary water safety knowledge, strokes and skills equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids 10 performationce criteria and Instructor Emergency Response skills.

Water Safety Instructor Step 2 - Online Modules

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) program prepares you to instruct Red Cross Swim Programs. These online modules focus on the theory of instruction through videos, virtual games, online activities, workbook exercises, and a knowledge evaluation at the end of each module.

After completing your Skills Evaluation, purchase your course materials package from the Client Services deek (KNA 104) to gain access to the online component.

Water Safety Instructor Step 3 - Teaching Experience

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) program prepares you to instruct Red Cross Swim programs. In your teaching experience, you will assist a supervising Water Safety Instructor for first-hand experience with teaching progressions and swimmer skills in a class setting. This provides a frame of reference to reflect on and link to the theory of the course.

Water Safety Instructor Step 4 - Classroom/Pool

The Water Safety Instrutor (WSI) program prepares you to instruct Red Cross Swim programs. In the Classroom/Pool sessions, you will demonstrate and receive feedback on your instruction skills to ensure you can effectively plan, teach, and evaluate the Red Cross Swim programs.

Water Safety Instructor Step 4 - Transfer Only

The Water Safety Instructor Transfer course provides Swimming Instructors certified by another aquatic agency with instructional knowledge and skills specific to the Red Cross Swim programs.

Step 1: Skills Evaluation, Step 2: Online Modules, and Step 3: Teaching Experience of the Water Safety Instructor program must be completed before this step.

Water Safety Instructor Recert

The Water Safety Instructor Recertification Clinic is developed by the Red Cross. There are classroom and pool components. You must participate in all portions of the clinic.