Swim Instructor Certification Classes

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Be an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or Basic Swim Instructor!

In the WSI/BSI class, you'll learn:

  • swimming
  • teaching
  • observation techniques
  • and much more!

For more information, email megan.schneiter@lamar.edu

All students in the Water Safety Instructor class must pass a non-timed pre-test at a level 4 skill level:

  • swim 25 yards of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke
  • swim 20 yards of butterfly
  • float one minute on your back
  • tread water for one minute

All students in the Basic Swim Instructor class must pass a non-timed pre-test at a level 3 skill level:

  • swim 25 yards of front crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke
  • float one minute on your back
  • tread water for one minute
  • Step into water and totally submerge, float or tread water for 1 minute, rotate one full circle and orient to exit, swim 25 yards without stopping and exit the water

All participants must be 16 years old by the last class day. Bring a picture ID when completing your swim pre-test to verify your Date of Birth. 

WSI and BSI Spring 2020 Classes

What do I do next?

  1. Choose the session that works best for you.  You will have to attend all four days for the entire class time.
    1. Classes are from 9am - 6pm each day
  2. See chart below to register and pay online before the deadline. Cost is $225.
  3. Come to the indoor pool on pre-test day to complete your swimming pre-test. Time can be adjusted for the pre-test. Must bring a picture ID with Date of Birth to verify age.
  4. After pre-test, you will stay to register online through the American Red Cross Website.
  5. Meet on your first class day in Health and Human Performance Complex Room 206.