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Water Safety Instructor Course

The purpose of this course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. This is a blended learning course, with the candidates using online learning and test-taking to accent classroom skills.


  • 16 years or older
  • Proof of age (diver’s license, birth certificate or passport) at the pre-test
  • Access to the internet and a printer required
  • Must attend all classes and complete online work in-between classroom sessions
  • 10 participant maximum and 5 participants minimum
  • Punctual attendance is required at all class sessions. No exceptions will be made.

Location: Mount Fitness, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01430

Date: Next dates are being planned! Make sure you are ready, practice the pre-test skills below!

Cost(2021): $338  (payable to MWCC at the time of registration)

Cancellation: (non-refundable fee)

Pre-Test Information

Students who do not pass the pre-test will not be permitted to attend the course! The following skills must be performed at a Red Cross Level 4 or higher.

  • Candidates must swim 25 yards of each of the following strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Breast Stroke, and Side Stroke
  • Students must swim 15 yards of Butterfly
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (sculling or floating) and tread water for 1 minute

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