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Become a Water Safety Instructor

*Due to Covid-19, we will be unable to offer any courses during the fall 2020 semester*
  • Date:  

    • Purdue RecWell is working hard to reopen and bring our great programs, classes and resources to our visitors. Please be sure to revisit this page for updates/updated schedules.
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday

  • Class Times: 6 ppm.-9 p.m.

  • Cost:  Purdue affilate:  $170   Purdue non-affiliate:  $225

  • Location: Rec Pool Classroom

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to plan, prepare, and teach the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. The course focuses on teaching concepts, strategies, best practice steps and progressions, along with tips to ensure participant’s success.

This class is a blended learning class and requires a swim skills test as well as both online and on-site learning sessions. Registered participants will be sent instructions to access online learning portal to email account on file one week prior to class start date.

Participants must complete required swim skills testing and on-line training components to be eligible for on-site skills sessions. Students must attend and complete all scheduled course sessions and activities in order to receive certification.

Water Safety Instructor Certification Requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age by the end of class

  • Pass swim skills evaluation (requirements listed below)

  • Complete online blended learning course module for Orientation to the American Red Cross and Orientation to the Learn to Swim Program, which includes a pre-course exam.  Must complete online section prior to start of class date to be eligible for in-class participation.  Failure to complete on-line exam prior to first class session will result in student being dropped from course without refund.

  • Attend and participate in all course sessions, as scheduled, in their entirety

  • Complete all teaching assignments and pass written final exam

Swim Skills Evaluation:

All registrants must complete the following skills in order to continue in the class. Participants are encouraged to consider their ability to pass these prior to registering:

  • Successful completion of test of swimming skills including front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly, floating and treading.

  • Students must demonstrate all 6 strokes with proficiency for at least 25 yards.