Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Updated (6-26-20) COVID-19 Update: Until further notice the Aquatic Center will remain closed to the public. Keith Hill’s Pool is open and please reference this website for the operational guidelines that will lead you to the marketplace when you accept the guidelines to buy a membership. Only members/CU Students will be allowed to use the facility. There will not be any “private parties” scheduled for the 2020 season. Swim School for this summer is cancelled. Lifeguard Training will be offered as an online blended format and is still available. As sufficient students complete the online learning skill sessions are being scheduled on weekends. If there are any general questions, interest in the current Lifeguard Training opportunity, Membership questions and/or you do not receive your Swim School refund please contact Montz Burckhardt at burckhardt@campbell.edu.

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understandings of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. It is approximately a 30-hour class divided into sessions, including a pre-course skills assessment and final written exam.

Water Safety Instructor Cost

The cost for the Water Safety course is $225 and includes the Water Safety Instructors kit and manual. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register early to ensure your choice of classes.


  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Possess a Fundamentals of Instructor Training certificate issued in the last 12 months or a current Health and Safety.
  • Services instructor authorization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills.
  • Swim the following strokes consistent with Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4:
    1. Front crawl – 25 yards
    2. Back crawl – 25 yards
    3. Breaststroke – 25 yards
    4. Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
    5. Sidestroke – 25 yards
    6. Butterfly – 15 yards
    7. Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water
    8. Tread water for 1 minute

If you are interested in taking the WSI course in 2020, please contact Montz Burckhardt for dates. If you have questions, please call 910-893-1353 or e-mail burckhardt@campbell.edu.