American Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Classes


Water Safety Instructor Course

American Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Classes

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. Participants learn the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and whether to call for advanced medical care.

The instructor will communicate via email of training location.

Wear comfortable clothing, as you will be asked to move about the room and perform skills on the floor. Bring a snack and water.


Become a lifeguard!  All prospective participants should register for the American Red Cross Lifeguard class at the Y. Tryout consists of: 300 yard swim using freestyle or breast stroke, 25 yard brick retrieval and 2 minutes of treading without using hands.

Cost (No Refunds):

  • Tryout Registration: $25.00
  • Lifeguard Class:  Y– Member: $170.00;  Non– member: $210.00

Days and class times vary based on instructor availability.

Water Safety Instructor Course

The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.

Course Prerequisites

  • Be at least 16 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
    • Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts:
      • Level 4:
        • Front Crawl – 25 yards
        • Back Crawl – 25 yards
        • Breaststroke – 25 yards
        • Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards
        • Sidestroke – 25 yards
        • Butterfly – 15 yards
    • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
    • Tread water for 1 minute

Course Objectives

  • Exhibit the characteristics required of a Red Cross representative and role model
  • Conduct courses in a manner that helps participants stay engaged in the learning process
  • Effectively use program materials and training equipment
  • Ensure participants’ health and safety during training
  • Identify required information for reporting course enrollments and maintaining instructor certification
  • Deliver quality, consistent, and standardized content by following the Water Safety Instructor’s Manual
  • Identify key elements and strategies for planning and preparing effective and safe swim lessons
  • Monitor participants’ practice and provide positive, corrective feedback and encouragement consistent with the skill charts and skill assessment tool
  • Develop the ability to effectively communicate about participants’ progress in swim lessons
  • Describe the importance of effective observation for teaching and how to develop it
  • Modify teaching to meet unexpected challenges, including dealing with participants who misbehave
  • Demonstrate the ability to accommodate participants who move, learn, communicate and behave differently

Course Length

The Water Safety Instructor Course is offered in a blended learning format that includes 2 options:

The Instructor Led (which includes online work for the candidates) blended version of this course is designed to be taught in approximately

  • Facility time: 31 hours, 15 minutes (including the Precourse Session).
  • Online time: 2 hours

The SIM Learning Blended Learning version of this course is designed to be taught in approximately:

  • Online time: 6 hours, 45 minutes (includes a robust online learning experience)
  • Facility time: 23 hours, 30 minutes (including the Precourse Session)

Cost of the course includes a printed copy of the WSI manual and the Swimming and Water Safety manual.