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WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) class allows you to teach all ages and levels of learn to swim courses including water safety skills.
  • Candidates (students) will be asked to complete at least four practice teaching assignments, using their Instructor materials.
  • Candidates must attend each class and come prepared to actively participate in all sessions.
  • Candidates should arrive 10 minutes before each scheduled class time.
  • Candidates may not miss any days or partial days.
  • Non-GHPMI candidates may register, but must register as a NON-employee.
  • If the Blended Learning class is taught candidates will be required to complete seven hours of online instruction before attending the 23.5 hour classroom/water sessions.
  • If the Instructor led class is taught candidates will be required to complete a shortened online session and attend 31.5 hour classroom/water sessions.
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) class allows you to teach various courses such as:

    • Learn to Swim levels 1 through 6
    • Parent and Child Aquatics (two levels)
    • Preschool Aquatics (three levels)
    • Adult levels (three levels)
    • Longfellow’s WHALE Tales
    • Water Safety Presentations
    • Basic Water Safety
    • Personal Water Safety

    Candidates must pass a written exam on the last day of class with 80% or higher.

    PREREQUISITES

    • 16 years of age on or before the last scheduled day of class.

    Successfully complete the following the first day:

    Swim at least one length of each stroke:

    • Front Crawl
    • Back Crawl
    • Breast Stroke
    • Butterfly
    • Elementary Backstroke
    • Sidestroke
    • Tread water and perform back float for 1 minute each

    ITEMS PROVIDED BY GHPM:

    • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Manual
    • American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety

    LUNCHES AND BREAKS FOR ALL CLASSES:

    • Lunch Breaks: Please be advised that all students must bring lunch/snacks/drinks each day.  Students will not be permitted to leave the facility for lunch.
    • Breaks: There will be small 5 to 10 minute breaks throughout the classes.

    WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

    • Bring confirmation of completing online learning session through Red Cross
    • proof of age
    • one piece bathing suit
    • towels and a change of clothes (the rooms can be chili)
    • pen/highlighter and paper

    FEES: IF YOU HAVE INTERVIEWED AND BEEN HIRED TO WORK FOR GHPM DURING THE UPCOMING SEASON YOU MAY PAY THE REDUCED EMPLOYEE FEE.    PLEASE REFER ALL EMPLOYMENT QUESTIONS TO RISHAM@GREATERHOUSTONPOOL.COM.  ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS MUST PAY THE NON-EMPLOYEE RATE.

    REGISTRATION STEPS:  To view the class dates and to register click on the link at the bottom of the page.

    GHPMI EMPLOYEES:  If you have never purchased anything from our online store, follow directions on the home page to create an account.  If you set up your account last year-use your log in and password from last year.

    To complete the registration process, you must enter credit card (visa, master card or discover) information and you will be emailed a registration receipt and confirmation letter. There is a $2.00 convenience fee on all credit card transactions.

    Credit card payment will ensure your spot in the class, but if you want to pay by check or payment plan (GHPM EMPLOYEES ONLY), please email gabrielf@greaterhoustonpool.com.

    To pay by check:  Do not continue the registration process through the website. Use the email above to request the registration form. We will email a registration form designed for check payments. You can always come by the GHPMI office in Cypress to register and pay (check, money order, cash)for any class.

    NON-GHPM EMPLOYEES*:  After clicking on the link at the bottom of this page, follow directions on website to create an account. To complete the registration process, you must enter credit card (visa, master card or discover) information and you will be emailed a registration receipt and confirmation letter.  Non-Employees are required to pay by credit card. There is a $2.00 convenience fee on all credit card transactions.

    *If a non-employee pays the employee rate they will not be issued their certificate until the non-employee rate is paid in full.

    CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: Cancellations with a refund request, made in writing (email) at least one (1) week before the first day of class will receive a refund less 25% administrative fee. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing to gabrielf@greaterhoustonpool.com

    Participants who are not able to pass the prerequisites of a class and then request a refund will be refunded only 75% of the original amount paid; an administrative fee of 25% will be deducted from the refund. These students can practice and return to another class at no charge.

    Credit card payments will be credited back to the same card. Credit card refunds will take approximately two (2) weeks to process. Cash, money order and check payments will be refunded by check, and will take approximately four (4) weeks to process.  No cash refunds will be issued.

    Refunds will not be given if the class starts and you do not show up.

    There will be no refund for any other circumstance. This includes not passing the final written test, skill scenarios or being asked to leave the class due to distracting behavior.

    TRANSFER TO ANOTHER CLASS: To transfer (72 hours prior to the original scheduled class) to another class date the request must be in writing, email gabrielf@greaterhoustonpool.com.  Transfer requests may not always be granted depending on the size of the classes. Classes fill on a first come first serve basis.

    Click here for the Registration website.

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