The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Recertification Course is designed to ensure quality and standards are maintained in the field. Recertification provides the opportunity for WSIs to share ideas, review skills and address areas of challenge. Recertification course content is refreshed every two years based on feedback and trends.

Course Components & Length:

5 hours – 2 hours classroom, 3 hours pool

Classroom includes a professional development component and a Red Cross Swimming & Water Safety Program Update.

Pool includes a WSI – Skills Evaluation for water safety skills and strokes, and Instructor Emergency Response (IER) skills.

Course Materials:

Water Safety Instructor Recertification Workbook „

In the event of a Red Cross Swim program revision, WSIs may be required to purchase revised or new Instructor support resources.

Pre-course Requirements:

Have taken a Red Cross WSI Course since 1996 and have proof of certification.

Attend, participate in, and complete 100% of all course components.

Completion Criteria:

Attend, participate in, and complete 100% of all four
course components.


Attend a recertification course every 2 years


All course components are evaluated against specific evaluation criteria on a pass/fail basis.

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