Water Safety Instructor

  • Water Safety Instructor


If you are at least 16 years old and a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. This approximately 30-hour course will help you teach skills that may save a life, gain terrific work experience as an aquatics professional, earn money or join a volunteer team while you help people learn valuable skills. In addition you will learn organizational and presentation skills that will help you in any career and make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you want to splash around with kids and teach them to swim, help children and adults refine their strokes or teach diving safety techniques, you can do it as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor.


Minimum age of 16. Fundamentals of Instructor Training Course (FIT). Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes:
  • 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


These courses are offered by separate organizations and are listed here as a service
provided by the American Red Cross. To enroll in a Water Safety Instructor course,
please contact the organization or individual offering the course with the information
provided below. Courses will often require students to purchase materials in advance,
as listed in the "Special Information" column. To purchase these via phone or to get our
store address, contact an American Red Cross representative at (858) 309-1200 or