There are no refunds once registered for a course.
Free classes are available to anyone working exclusively for the City of Columbus. Please contact theAquatic Center.
View Online Registration to see the list of available classes. Classes are listed in the Register tab under Programs or Activities.
The purpose of this instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses and Water Safety Presentations.
Be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the Instructor Course.
Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4:
Front Crawl - 25 yards
Back Crawl - 25 yards
Breaststroke - 25 yards
Elementary Backstroke - 25 yards
Sidestroke - 25 yards
Butterfly - 15 yards
Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
Tread water for 1 minute
Failure to complete the pre-requisites on the first day of class is an automatic dismissal from the course and refunds will not be given. The City of Columbus encourages all candidates to practice the pre-requisites before signing up for a course. The Aquatic Center will not charge admission for those practicing for a water safety instructor course.
To become certified as a Water Safety Instructor, instructor candidates must:
Successfully complete the Pre-course Session
Attend and actively participate in all course sessions
Successfully complete class activities, including the required practice teaching assignments
Score a minimum of 80% (40 correct answers out of 50 questions) on the final written exam
Certificate Issued and Validity Period
American Red Cross certificate for Water Safety Instructor: 2 years
Participant Materials (available in e-book and print formats)
American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor's Manual