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The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the ARC Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. The blended learning delivery format combines in-person skill sessions (approximately 24 hours) with online simulation (approximately 7 hours) to enhance the instructor candidate’s training experience. Additional work outside of class including the online simulation, reading and class preparation are made available to the student within 24 hours of registration. The first assignment (approximately 3 hours online plus reading and preparation) is due the first day of class. This class is intentionally scheduled over four days or more to allow the student time to complete the coursework.

Fee: $550.00
Pre-Requisites and Requirements
To be eligible to participate in the WSI course, candidates must:
  • be at least 16 years of age on or before the last scheduled day of the course
  • successfully complete the pre-course session, including demonstrating competency in the pre-skills evaluation.
To be certified as a WSI, instructor candidates must:
  • Successfully complete the precourse session.
  • Complete the online Orientation to the Swimming and Water Safety Program, which includes the online Orientation to the American Red Cross.
  • Successfully complete class activities, including all assigned online content and the required practice-teaching assignments.
  • Achieve a minimum score of 80% on the WSI course final written exam.
Supplies Needed:
  • Swim cap, Suits, Towels, goggles
  • Proof of age to first class


  • Location
  • Pace University, Goldstein Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, New York
WSI Weeks
WSI: Course D – December 2020 (three days)
Cost: $550 | Date : 12-27-2020 - 12-29-2020  |   Location : Pleasantville, NY

Lifeguard Management In-Person Testing Site for New York State Department of Health Camp Requirement.

Test is administered at no charge when you register for any of our programs, Lifeguarding, CPR, RTE or WSI.

Katherine Palladino
Aquatics Director at:
    (914) 588-2971

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