American Red Cross - Water Safety Instructor Class

Earn your swimming and water safety instructor certification from the American Red Cross, and gain the skills needed to teach courses and make presentations to swimmers of every age and ability. This is the certification Old Town Hot Springs requires all of our Swim Instructors to hold. A part-time position as a swim lesson instructor is a excellent summer job or a nice compliment to other jobs and school.

Class has bee canceled due to low enrollment.

Class Prerequisites

To participate in the Water Safety Instructor course, individuals must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
    • Swim the following strokes:
      • 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
Class Price

$250 paid to OTHS

$35 paid to the American Red Cross for Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT)


Please contact Mark vonSchondorf at: for questions. Registrations can be completed online through the member portal found HERE. Please note the dates and times for class on the portal do not reflect the actual class dates due to inflexibility in the scheduling function (DATES ON THE OTHS WEBSITE ARE THE FULL AND CORRECT ONES).

Interested in working as a Swim Lessons Instructor?

While successful completion of WSI class does not guarantee you a position we would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming part of our swim lessons team. Please contact to apply or for more information.