Swim Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Prerequisites: 15 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross certification (need not be current). Do you have the prerequisites to take this course?

Instruction & certification: Current Swim Instructor Trainers evaluate and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be "current" for 24 months from the certification date. Do you have the certifications to teach this course?

Candidate recognition: Certification card.

Swim Instructor course: 20 hr. stand-alone course (40 hr. when combined with a Lifesaving Instructor course). This checklist identifies the learning outcomes that you must achieve in order to be successful on the course.

Required references: Swim Instructor Pack that includes Instructor Manual, Swim for Life Award Guide, Teaching Swim for Life and Leadership Binder. (Note that some affiliates provide materials to candidates, and some require candidates to purchase materials on their own. Double check before you purchase.)

Costs: In addition to the required reference materials, a certification fee is payable to the Lifesaving Society. Course organizers charge a fee to cover the costs of running the course.

Recertification: Instructors remain current by recertifying within 24 months of the last certification date. Recertification is through the Society's professional development point system. Is it time to recertify?