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Water Safety Instructor Certification
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Seattle Parks and Recreation teaches American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). This, approximately 30 hour, course includes motor learning theory and practical methods for teaching a variety of swimming and aquatic skills.
While not required for temporary employment as a lifeguard, a large portion of the Parks Department's aquatics program is teaching Red Cross swimming lessons. WSI's are preferred job candidates because of the level of teaching training they have received. This certification also helps temporary staff if they choose to apply for permanent positions for which WSI is required.
Subjects WSIs are Authorized to Teach
Water Safety Instructor Authorization is valid for 2 years.
NOTE: Those holding current certification in Basic Water Safety and/or Lifeguard Training must still undergo pretesting.
Bring to First Class
Cost: $125.00, books not included.
In addition all students must have the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Packet ($49.95). Books can be purchased from the Red Cross, call 323-2345 for information.
The Packet includes:
Last Update October 6, 2014
Upcoming TestsFor upcoming test dates, see the Training and Certification column on our Aquatics Employment & Training page.
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