Water Safety Instructor Certification

Earn your swimming and water safety instructor certification from the American Red Cross, and gain the skills needed to teach courses and make presentations to swimmers of every age and ability. Through our Aquatic Instructor Training program, you can help recreational swimmers meet their goals, refine their skills and stay safe in, on, and around water.

What You'll Learn

During our swim and water safety certification training courses you'll learn how to help adults and children enjoy their time in the water safely – and in a wide range of ways. Throughout the course we'll focus on a number of key areas that can help you succeed as aquatics instructor, such as:

Note: In order to participate in swim and water safety instructor certification classes, participants must be at least 17 years of age by the end of the course.

Certification Made Simple. Fast. Easy. Digital.

Upon successful completion of your aquatics training classes, you'll receive a 2-year certification delivered via Red Cross Digital Certificates. This gives you anytime, anywhere access to your certificates, as well as the option to view, print, share, and download them wherever and whenever you like simply by accessing your Red Cross Account. Each certificate includes a unique ID and a QR code which meets employment requirements and allows employers to easily confirm your certificate is valid. Class participants and employers can visit redcross.org/confirm and enter the ID found on the digital certificate (or scan the QR code with a standard QR reader using a smart device) to access a copy of the valid certificate with student training information.

Click here for instructions on accessing your water safety certification information, as well as all of your Red Cross certificates.