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Water Safety Instruction Class at YWCA Asheville

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Get  Certified as an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor at YWCA!

Who: Candidates who are 16 years and older with swimming ability consistent with the Red Cross’ Level 4 Stroke Performance Charts (see below)

What: Join YWCA Aquatics Director Kitty Schmidt for two full weekends in April to receive your American Red Cross Certification as a Water Safety Instructor

When: Saturday, April 13th, Sunday, April 14th,  Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th, from 8 am to 4 pm each day

Where: YWCA Aquatics Center, 185 S. French Broad Avenue, Asheville NC 28801

Why: To become certified to teach Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Adult Swim Courses, and Water Safety Courses and Presentations.


  • Candidates must be 16 years old on or before the last scheduled day of the  Water Safety Instructor course.
  • Candidates must bring in a Laptop or Smartphone.
  • Candidates must demonstrate swimming proficiency consistent with the Level 4 Stroke Performance Charts:
    • Front Crawl – 25 yards
    • Back Crawl – 25 yards
    • Breaststroke – 25 yards
    • Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
    • Sidestroke – 25 yards
    • Butterfly – 15 yards
    • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
    • Tread water for 1 minute (using breaststroke, rotary, or scissor kick – no flutter kick allowed)

Completion Requirements:

To be certified as a Water Safety Instructor, instructor candidates must:

  • Attend and successfully participate in all course sessions
  • Successfully complete the required number of practice-teaching assignments
  • Score at least 80% (correctly answer 40 of 50 questions) on the Final instructor course written exam
  • Demonstrate throughout the course that they are mature and responsible.  Instructor trainers assess candidate’s maturity and responsibility by observing behaviors

Certificate Issued and Validity Period:

  • Water Safety Instructor (r.04) Authorization is for 2 Calendar years


  • $200.00 per candidate registration fee payable via phone only to YWCA Aquatics Department: (828) 254-7206 ext 110 or ext 115
  • Water Safety Instructor Candidate Kit Item # 751334 (to be purchased from Red Cross HERE) $44.99

Questions? Contact Kitty Schmidt:  254-7206 x110 or 115