American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

Langley Lewis will be offering the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course at the GH-CP Association from July 27-August 7 (Monday through Friday from 10-12). Some basic Swimming Instructor is included.

Candidates should be strong swimmers and must pass a swimming test on the first day of class. Treading water, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and basic  butterfly are on the skills test list.

Students may audit the class to enhance their swimming skills and ability to aid instructors with lessons and promote water safety.

There is no instruction fee for the class.

The text (Water Safety Instructor Candidate Kit) is available from for about $50 and the Red Cross certification fee is $35.

You can read more about the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification here.

In Langley’s own words:  “I have used my WSI/BSI credentials continuously since taking WSI in college and became an Instructor Trainer in 2014 after completing a rigorous two year application, review and apprenticeship process.

 This course will impact the community by increasing the number of swimming instructors who can then reach more people with potentially life saving swimming and water safety skills. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people in our area cannot swim and that so many have never had the opportunity to learn. As we swimmers already appreciate, swimming is a lifetime fitness and wellness activity that benefits all ages and is therapeutic for many ailments. One of my life goals is to make people safer around the water through swimming and water safety instruction and to make it enjoyable.

 As successful instructor candidates, you will be encouraged to teach in the Safety Around Water program that the YMCA runs each year. This is a good program for safety, instructors really need to have a skills in swimming instruction to teach the lessons well and provide additional swimming skill development.

 For more information, students may email Langley at

The GHCP pool is located in behind the Association clubhouse, at 751 Glebe Harbor Drive, Montross, VA 22520.

Posted 6.23.20