The New Rochelle YMCA is proud to be a provider of Red Cross training classes, including Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instruction and CPR/AED/First Aid. Our Swim Lesson Instructor Training (AKA Water Safety Instructor Training or WSI) class is perfect for teens and adults interested in starting a career in teaching swimming lessons  at a pool/waterfront.

Course Description

Earn your certification to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety, and gain the Skills needed to teach courses and make presentations to swimmers of every age and ability. Through our Aquatic Instructor Training program, you can help recreational swimmers meet their goals, refine their skills and stay safe in, on, and around water. Candidate who pass this Class will be certified by the Red Cross as Water Safety Instructors and can teach infant, child, teen and adult level classes.

Class Requirements

To enroll, instructor Candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course and successfully complete the precourse session which includes demonstration of swimming skill at Learn-to-Swim Level 4.


  • New Candidates: $500
  • Recertifying (with valid, current Water Safety Instructor certification): $350

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