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Red Cross Certification

Red Cross Courses

American Red Cross Instructor Trainer Tiffany Harmon has taught advanced lifesaving courses in Santa Cruz for over 2 decades.

Class sizes are limited

Typically, Water Safety Instructor (WSI) classes run in Spring & Fall: Job opportunities may await WSI’s with Seahorse Swim School, Inc.

COVID-19 Guidelines have been implemented by the Red Cross and we look to offer blended learning classes in the near future. Blended learning courses reduce the amount of in person instruction and assign videos to watch in advance of learning modules.


  1. Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of the course.
    (Bring legal proof of age to Pre Course. Material/certificate payment is separate from registration)
  2. Swim 300 yards continually demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breastroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  3. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under their armpits.
  4. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds (Swim goggles are not allowed):
    Start in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10 lb. object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.
  5. To pass this course successfully: 100% attendance & participation is mandatory. Complete & pass written tests (with at least 80%) & demonstrate competency in all water rescues.
  6. At the completion of this course, participants will receive Red Cross Certificates in Lifeguard/First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED (2 year cert).

AMERICAN RED CROSS WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR (WSI) & Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT):

WSI (rev. ’14) prepares instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim levels Parent-tot through Level 6. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be certified to teach Red Cross Learn-to-Swim level classes as well as Basic Water Safety.

Prerequisites for WSI:

  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of the course.
  • Be able to swim the following strokes consistent with the Learn to Swim Level 4 stroke performance charts:
  • Front crawl 25 yards
  • Back Crawl 25 yards
  • Breastroke 25 yards
  • Elementary Backstroke 25 yards
  • Sidestroke 25 yards
  • Butterfly 15 yards
  • Be able to maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (sculling or floating).
  • Be able to tread water for 1 minute.

WSI classes are offered at Seascape Sports Club.

To express interest in this or any other upcoming WSI courses, please email us AND ALSO sign up for our newsletter as a WSI Candidate to receive the new class dates. A minimum enrollment of 6 students must be met in order for a class to run!

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