Basic Swim Instructor


$505.00 per person +$41 Mandatory American Red Cross Certification Fee + $20 WML Registration Fee


  • 16 years of age on or before the last date of the course
  • Complete precourse session which includes:Swim the following skills at a learn-to-swim Level 4
  • Front Crawl-25 yards
  • Breaststroke-25 yrds
  • Elementary Backstroke-25 yards
  • Sidestroke-25 yards
  • Step into water and totally submerge
  • Float or tread water for 1 minute
  • Rotate one full circle and orient to exit
  • Swim 25 yards without stopping
  • Exit the water without using steps or a ladder


In order to become a Basic Swim Instructor you must complete the precourse skills, attend all classes, participate and be prepared for the four teach-back assignments and score at least an 80% on the final written exam. All class participants must arrive on time, have homework assignments finished and ready for review each day of class and receive feedback from fellow classmates with maturity and an open-mind.

Certification Includes:

Once you have completed the Basic Swim Instructor course you will be certified to teach:

  • Parent and Child Aquatics (2 Levels)
  • Preschool Aquatics (3 Levels)
  • Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-3
  • Private Lessons (for Above Levels)
  • Longfellow’s WHALE Tales
  • Water Safety Presentations:
    • General Water Safety
    • Home Pool Safety
    • Parent Orientation to Swim Lessons
    • Sun Safety
    • Rip Current Safety

Course Length:

The BSI program will be conducted alongside the WSI program and is comprised of 27 hours of in-person instruction.