WSI (Water Safety Instructor)
The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim @ School, Red Cross Swim @ Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.

The format for the WSI course is:

  • Pre-screening Component – Skills, which are consistent with the course prerequisites, are reviewed and evaluated. (Prerequisites:  Swim Kids 10 or equivalent; and, one of Emergency First Aid, Bronze Cross, or Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard). This takes 6 to 8 hours.
  • Online WSI Component – Candidates are to complete the online component of the course. This takes 15 to 20 hours.
  • Co-teach Component – Candidates are to complete a co-teach session with a WSI. (Information on how to do this will be given out following the Pre-screening session). The Online and Co-teach Components may be done concurrently. This is at least 8 hours.
  • Core Component – This is the classroom and pool part of the course. Candidates should have completed the Pre-screening, the Online and Co-teach Components before taking this part of the course. This is about 24 hours long.

Next Courses

They will be at St James Centennial Pool from 6:00-9:30pm.

  • Fall Water Safety Instructor – Sundays, October 27 – December 15, 2019 (No class on November 10)




All WSIs must recertify every two years. If they do not, they are then in their two-year grace period and are not allowed to teach. To re-activate their WSI, they can simply take a WSI Recertification. If it has been longer than five years, contact us.

If someone is a Swimming Instructor with a different recognized agency (Swim For Life Instructor, I Can Swim Instructor, YMCA Swim Instructor, Ultra Swim Instructor, or American WSI) and would like to teach the Red Cross Water Safety program, they can take a WSI Transfer course. If you would like a WSI Transfer course, we are taking a waiting list. Please contact us.



WSI Transfer


WSI must be recertified every two years. If you have gone beyond two years, you are in your grace period. If you have been in your grace period for more than 5 years, please contact us.

Choose one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 13, 6:00-10:00pm, Birds Hill Park Waterfront; OR,
  • Wednesday, September 11, 1:00-6:00, Birds Hill Park Waterfront; OR,
  • Monday, September 30, 8:30-1:30, Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Thursday, October 31, 8:30-1:30, Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Thursday, November 28, 8:30-1:30, Cindy Klassen Rec Complex; OR,
  • Friday, December 20, 1:30-6:30, Cindy Klassen Rec Complex…
  • If you can’t find a day that works for you, please contact us and maybe we can set up another one on a different day.
  • Contact Us.


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