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American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

This course trains instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations such as Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Basic Water Rescue, General Water Safety and Longfellow’s WHALE Tales. 

Instructor candidates learn to:

Additionally, participants learn teaching and stroke progression techniques that are used to prepare and conduct a minimum of four (4) practice teaching assignments throughout the course.  An emphasis is also placed on personal stroke and skill development to help enhance each participant’s current skill level.

As this course has both online and classroom components, participants are required to complete all assigned online tasks prior to each class meeting.  Certificates will not be issued until all components are complete.  Successful candidates will receive a certificate for American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor valid for 2 years from completion date.


Minimum age: 16 years old on or before the last day of class

Online Orientation to the American Red Cross: all candidates will be sent a link to complete this online material prior to the first class meeting.


Float or skull: maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water

Tread: using arms and legs, hold a vertical position with head above the water for 1 minute

Anyone failing to complete the prerequisite skills may transfer to another course and try again.  However, refunds are not available.

All class meetings must be attended in order to receive certification.  Accommodations will not be made for schedule conflicts and make up dates are not available.


The Water Safety Instructor course meets over three days, all of which must be attended to in order to receive certification.  If a participant has a scheduling conflict during one course, they will not be allowed to make up that information on another day or in another course.  Regular breaks are given each class day along with a meal break on full days.

There are no scheduled classes at this time.  However, if you’d like more information or would like to be considered for the next class, please contact Stephanie Landess at 314-516-2341 or 


UMSL Students: $175
RWC Members: $200
Nonmembers: $250


Advance registration is required with a minimum class size of 3 participants.  If the minimum is not reached three days prior to the first class meeting, the class will be cancelled. Registration may be completed online or with Member Services in the Recreation and Wellness Center.  Click here for instructions on setting up an online account.  Participants will receive an email prior to the first class date with course specific information related to materials, meeting location and parking.

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