Water Safety Instructor

Registration for WSI classes available now

Water Safety Instructor Training: March 1- March 12 (varying dates—see below schedule)

Fee $225

Class meeting times: March 1 – 3:00-8:00pm, March 4 – 3:00-7:30pm, March 8 – 3:00-7:30pm, March 11 – 3:00-7:30pm; March 12 – 7:30am-1:00pm


Must be 16 at time class begins.

  • You must attend all classes to pass.
  • No refund will be issued if you do not pass.
    • Strokes you need to know PROFICIENTLY for at least 25 yards each:
      Front crawl; Back crawl; Breast stroke; Elementary backstroke; Sidestroke; Butterfly (i
      t is highly recommended to start practicing your strokes immediately, especially breastroke and butterfly.  Class is not the time to learn the strokes--you will need to know all the strokes before class begins.

Water Safety Instructor Classes

Water Safety Instructors (swimming lessons instructors) are trained to teach children and adults water safety, survival and swimming skills, and give community water safety presentations.  It's a fun job that will help you develop teaching and leadership skills.

Interested in becoming a WSI or have you recently taken your WSI certification class? Owatonna Parks and Recreation and Owatonna Community Education are offering up to $200 if you become American Red Cross WSI certified. Instructors may be reimbursed up to $100 per organization.  For each class you teach, instructors may be reimbursed $5 per class up to $20 per season per organization.  Any instructor presenting a receipt from a certification class is eligible if the class was taken within the past 2 years with Owatonna Parks & Recreation or taken within the past year with another organization. Contact us for more information.

Click HERE for information on the Water Safety Instructor Reimbursement Program.