Instructional Programs

Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI)

In this prerequisite for the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course, candidates learn foundation instructional skills including teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback.

Course is 30 hours with 8 hours of practice teaching 

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Instructor candidates focus on how to apply information from the Assistant Water Safety Instructor course and develop additional instructional skills, stroke development, drills and corrective strategies to plan, teach and evaluate the entire Red Cross Swim continuum. The certification issued allows candidates to teach Red Cross Swim.

Course is 25 hours with 12 hours of practice teaching.

Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)

Candidates are trained to teach and evaluate the Canadian Swim Patrol program, Bronze programs, Fitness and Excellence programs. Instructor candidates are taught learning styles and teaching methods as they apply to water rescue, first aid, and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. The Lifesaving Instructor certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications.

Course is 25 hours consisting of both classroom and pool time.