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Aqua Kids and Red Cross have a long history of developing well-trained professional instructors who love swimming as much as they love to help others learn. We offer both the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course and Lifesaving Society Instructor Course (along with courses that pave the way to get there). Contact us for more information or register here!

RED CROSS WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR (WSI) CERTIFICATION

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop swimming and water safety skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim @ School, Red Cross Swim @ Camp and Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens program curriculum. The certification involves 2 parts. Part 1 has 3 components: Orientation & Skills Assessment, Online and In-Water. Part 2 of the course is a stand-alone 3-day classroom and pool component offered after successful completion of Part  1 of WSI.

Prerequisite: 15+ years of age, strokes at a Red Cross level 10 standard and completed either Emergency First Aid or Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross.

Course Materials (included in course fee):
– Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Workbook
– Stroke Chart
– PIN and password for WSI—Online
– Red Cross Water Safety Manual

Course Fees:
WSI Part 1: $285.00 (fee includes course material for Part 1 & 2)
WSI Part 2: $485.00

Certification: Upon successful completion, candidates are certified for 1 year as a WSI, which allows them to teach Red Cross Swim programs without direct supervision. Complete 3 Water Safety Instructor—Online Professional Development courses within 1 year of WSI expiry date for a 1-year certification extension at no additional fee. WSIs who do not complete these courses, must attend a WSI Recertification Course.

PART 1 – ASSESSMENT/ONLINE/IN-WATER TEACHING

Part 1 of WSI is divided into 3 components:
1) Orientation & Skills Assessment (3-6 hrs, 1-day session)
2) Online (14-20 hrs)
3) In-Water Teaching (8 hrs in-water teaching + assignments correlating to each hour)

After successful completion of Part 1, candidates move on to complete Part 2 in order receive their Water Safety Instructor certification (valid for 1 year).

Course Materials (included in course fee):
– Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Workbook
– Stroke Chart
– PIN and password for WSI—Online

Price: $285.00 (includes course material)

REGISTER HERE!

WSI – ORIENTATIONS & SKILLS ASSESSMENT

Participants who come for the Skills & Orientation Assessment day must bring their Emergency First Aid or Bronze Cross certificate + valid id. The trainer will screen participants’ strokes to ensure they are at Red Cross Swim level 10 standards. Orientation & Skills Assessment may be completed before or after the Online portion of the WSI Course, but both must be completed before moving on to the In-Water Teaching component. Below are the dates and times for our Spring/Summer 2017 sessions. Click the register link beside your date/time of interest to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited and are subject to enrollment.

DATETIMELOCATIONREGISTRATION
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmNewtonbrook Pool, North York
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmOutdoor Pool, Stouffville
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmNewtonbrook Pool, North York
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmOutdoor Pool, Stouffville

WSI – ONLINE COURSE COMPONENT (14-20 hours)

Participants read assigned information and get tested on each section online. Once all the tests are complete and passed, they will see a “completion” page, which needs to be printed and brought to the In-Water Teaching Component and 3-Day Course. To schedule the In-Water Teaching Component of WSI Part 1, please call us at (905) 886-2322 or click here to send us an inquiry message.

WSI – IN-WATER TEACHING COMPONENT (8 hours)

The last component of WSI Part 1 includes teaching experience. Candidates must complete the first two components (Orientation & Skills Assessment and the Online Course Component) before being able to do the In-Water Teaching Component.

Participants must finish a total of 8 hours of teaching Red Cross Swim Preschool and Red Cross Swim Kids classes within 6 months of completing WSI—Online. Teaching experience can be obtained at Aqua Kids (click here to view our swim schedules) or anywhere else where Red Cross Swim is offered. Contact us to book your In-Water Teaching dates/times or for more information.

PART 2 – CLASSROOM & POOL COURSE

WSI – 3-DAY CLASSROOM & POOL COURSE (25 hours)

The WSI Classroom & Pool is divided into 9 hours in-class learning and 12 hours in-pool learning. Aqua Kids is currently registering for the WSI 3-Classroom & Pool Course in May and June 2017. See schedule below for details. Dates are subject to enrollment. 

Prerequisites: 15+ years by the last day of WSI – Classroom & Pool, ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills, and hold one of the following certifications (not required to be current): Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, Emergency First Aid or Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross. 8 hours completed assisting classes (WSI Part 1).

Course Materials (included in course fee):
– Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Manual
– Stroke Chart

Price: $485.00 (includes course material)

WSI Classroom & Pool Schedule:

Session DatesTimeLocation
MayMay 14, 21, 22, 20178:45am - 6:00pmNewtonbrook/Tangreen
JuneJune 26, 27, 28, 20178:45am - 6:00pmOutdoor Salt Water Pool

REGISTER HERE!

RED CROSS WSI RE-CERTIFICATION

To ensure all Red Cross Water Safety Instructors are continuously up-to-date with current practices and procedures, WSI instructors are required to upkeep their certification through yearly Online Professional Development Modules (at no additional fee). WSIs who do not complete these modules, must attend a 1-Day WSI Re-Certification Course (2 hours classroom + 3 hours pool). WSIs have up to 3 years to re-certify. Past this 3-year grace period, candidates will be required to complete the 2-Day Splashback course to get re-certified.

Prerequisites: Proof of an expired Red Cross WSI certification.

Course Fees: $175.00

Certification: Upon successful completion, candidates are re-certified for 1 year as a WSI, and are allowed to teach Red Cross Swim programs without direct supervision.

WSI Re-Certification Schedule:

SessionDatesTimesLocation
WSI Re-Certify SpringMay 9, 20175:00pm - 10:00pmTangreen Pool
WSI Re-Certify SummerJune 13, 20175:00pm - 10:00pmTangreen Pool

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RED CROSS 2-DAY SPLASHBACK COURSE

The purpose of the Splashback Course is to provide expired Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification holders (past their 3-year grace period) with an opportunity to update their WSI certification without having to complete the full Water Safety Instructor Courses. The course objectives are to update the candidate’s knowledge of the Red Cross Swim programs and to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and skills required to teach and evaluate swimmers in the Red Cross Swim programs.

Prerequisites: Proof of an expired Red Cross WSI certification.

Price: $275.00

Course Material: Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor Manual, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Manual, Splashback package (to be completed before the course).

WSI Re-Certification Schedule:

SessionDatesTimesLocation
WSI Splashback Spring 1Tuesday, May 95:00 pm - 10:00 pmTangreen Pool
WSI Splashback Spring 2Sunday, May 219:00 am - 6:00 pmNewtonbrook/Tangreen
WSI Splashback Summer 1Tuesday, June 135:00 pm - 10:00 pmTangreen
WSI Splashback Summer 2Tuesday, June 279:00 am - 6:00 pmStouffville Outdoor Salt Water Pool

REGISTER HERE!

TRANSFER COURSES

The purpose of this course is to provide a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor equivalency course option for experienced swimming instructor certification holders from the LifeSaving Society, Toronto Ultra Swim Program, Sears I Can Swim, or the YMCA program. Candidates upgrade their teaching skills and knowledge, and are evaluated to ensure they are qualified to teach and test swimmers in the Red Cross Swim programs.

Prerequisites: 17+ years, proof of one of the following current certifications: Lifesaving Instructor, Lifesaving Swim Instructor, YMCA Instructor, Sears I Can Swim Teacher or Toronto Ultra Swim Instructor.

Price: $275.00
Course Material: Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor Manual, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Manual, Transfer package (to be completed before the course).

WSI Transfer Schedule:

DATETIMELOCATIONREGISTRATION
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmNewtonbrook Pool, North York
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmOutdoor Pool, Stouffville
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmNewtonbrook Pool, North York
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
5:00pm - 10:00pmOutdoor Pool, Stouffville