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Water Safety Instructor Course

 water safety instructor course

The water safety swimming instructor course Toronto has and the rest of the world is one of the more difficult levels to achieve. You need to be a professional instructor already even to attempt it.

Those who aim to complete the Red Cross instructor course should be expert swimmers and love to teach others what they know. A water safety instructor, or WSI, needs to be prepared to instruct others on a variety of topics. They also need to adapt to different aquatic situations in order to make sure that everyone is perfectly safe at all times.

We’ll go into further detail about the Water Safety Instructor Course on this page. Here, you will learn what you need to do before taking part in the course, as well as what you will learn and achieve by completing it.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course    

The goal of the WSI Course is to bring you to a point where you can professionally teach all age groups a variety of aquatic skills. The focus is mainly on developing the following activities:

  • Fitness level
  • Swimming skill
  • Water safety awareness

The course is separated into four main parts:

  • WSI: Skills Evaluation – 3-6 hours
  • WSI: Online – 14-20 hours
  • WSI: Teaching Experience – at least 8 hours
  • WSI: Classroom and Pool – 9 hours in a classroom and 12 hours in a pool

The first of these four section can be completed at any point of the course you choose. Some prefer to get their evaluation out of the way in the early stages of the course. Others prefer to learn more from the course first and take the evaluation at the end. I would recommend not leaving it too late as you may add unnecessary stress to your course.

The evaluation must be completed before you move onto the final section, however. Your classroom and pool classes require you to have already proven your ability as a potential WSI. Your skill will be put to the test and rated with a simple pass or fail system. Your goal isn’t necessarily to get a perfect score, (though you should do your very best), but rather to reach the expectations of those who will evaluate your ability.

During your course, you will require access to the internet and a computer as well as the following books:

  • Water Safety Instructor Workbook
  • Red Cross Swim Deck Book

The online section of your training doesn’t require you to be in a class, as this is where you will learn the written information that you require. After completing the online section of the course, you will be placed in a classroom and taught more practical skills. Felix Swim Schools is here to assist you every step of the way from swimming lessons in or around Toronto to becoming a certified Water Safety Instructor. 

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All sections are of equal importance. Failing a single one will leave you back at square one, requiring you to perform the entire course all over again. Considering the course costs $810 (including the books and taxes) you should avoid any mistakes. Let’s take a closer look at the requirements:

Swim Instructor Course Requirements    

To enroll in the first place, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years old by the final day of the course.
  • Have the ability to perform the Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills.
  • Hold Brown Cross Certification. (Others may apply depending on your location)

These are just the things you need even to enroll. To pass and receive your certificate, you will need to put a lot more effort into it. The WSI Course is more difficult than most others and has a higher level of evaluation. The following are the basic things to keep track of if you plan to succeed:

  • You must attend, participate, and complete each of the four course sections. (100% attendance is mandatory)
  • You need to teach 20 hours of Preschool or Swim Kid classes from levels 1-10. (These classes will be scheduled outside of your regular course hours.)
  • You’re required to pass all stages of evaluation without a single fail.

Our upcoming course begins on March 31, 2019, and ends on June 9, 2019. The classes are from 5 pm to 7:30 pm every Sunday. You must make certain that you can attend every class in full from day one until completion or you will automatically fail the evaluation. (As 100% attendance is mandatory)

Swim Instructor Certification        

Should you successfully complete the WSI Course and follow all the necessary requirements above, you will become a certified WSI. A certified WSI can teach the Preschool and Swim Kid classes without any supervision. (At least not during the classes themselves)

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You can understand why the requirements for this certification are so specific when you realize that those who succeed are exclusively placed in charge of the lives of a group of children. We can’t afford to be lazy with our screening process and risk the lives of these young ones.

You will receive the WSI Course Certificate upon graduating from the program. This certificate is valid for two years. When it comes close to the expiry date, you will be required to take a recertification course.

The recertification of this lifesaving instructor course Toronto (and others) has requires you to attend 2 hours of classroom classes and 3 hours of pool classes. The purpose of the recertification course is to ensure that you still recall and apply all of your training from the initial WSI Course.

If you fail the recertification course, you will lose the right to take classes without supervision. You can retake the recertification course once you’ve studied up on whatever you had forgotten. However, you will never need to take the initial course again once you’ve passed it the first time. (You only have to retake the course if you fail it)

The WSI Course is a vital part of learning to be a swimming instructor. The knowledge you’ll gain from it is well worth the time and cost that it takes to complete it. Connect with us today to find out more and how we can help. Once you have, not only do you have a great career to follow and easy access to jobs around the world, but you also get to watch children learn to be safe in the water from your instruction. If you think about it, you’re saving lives by doing so!

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