This course combines two Red Cross programs including Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard training. The combo course will teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and injuries. The student will be introduced to a variety of environments, including pools, waterfronts, water parks, shallow water attractions, and coastlines. The purpose of this Water Safety Instructor portion is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program including Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim, Private Lessons, Water Safety Courses (including Safety Training for Swim Coaches*) and Water Safety Presentations.
Prior to participating in this combo course, students must successfully perform a 500 meter Swim, Tread water (legs only) for 2 minutes, and complete a time event within 1 minute 40 seconds: Swim 5 yards, perform a surface dive, retrieve 3 objects from 4-7 ft., and return to start
*Prior to teaching Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Water Safety Instructors must complete an online orientation to Safety Training for Swim Coaches on Instructor’s Corner. Prerequisites: Be at least 16 years old on or before the last day of the Instructor Course. Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills: 1. Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4: Front Crawl – 25 yards, Back Crawl – 25 yards, Breaststroke – 25 yards, Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards, Sidestroke – 25 yard, Butterfly – 15 yards; 2. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling); 3. Tread water for 1 minute
Learner Outcomes1. Have an understanding of the history and development of swimming as a recreational activity and aquatics as a profession, including the role of a Water Safety Instructor and lifeguard.
2. Have a comprehensive understanding of the equipment design, function and maintenance of standard swimming and lifesaving equipment for aquatic environments, with the ability to communicate proper use and function of each piece of equipment to participants in a class environment.
3. Apply the customary practices of Hawaii Aquatic Safety officials and professional standards of the American Red Cross as they relate to Water Safety Instruction, teaching swimming skills, and lifeguarding.
4. Identify legal, and social, and cultural issues related to Water Safety Instruction.
5. Show proficiency in teaching swimming skills at a level comparable to the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor standards and lifeguard standards for certification.
This is a public course offering hosted by Mokihana Aquatics on Kauai. All classes occur at the pool on Kauai.
The lecture portion of the class is an online blended format to be completed prior to contact time. A link to the materials will be provided 3 weeks before skills class is scheduled.