How To Get Your Certification To Teach Swimming

by Pool Builders on 03-27-2012 in Articles

Many people like to teach, many people like to be outside, and many people like to work with children. When you add those three desires together, you get a simple conclusion: teach children how to swim! Swim teachers, in most areas, must be certified in order to work with children. That certification is provided by a governing body, like the Red Cross or USA Swimming, and is called a water safety instructor certification. Water safety instructors can do more than just teach swimming, though that is typically the reason that people get certified.

Instructors are trained to work with both children and adults, though most will work almost exclusively teaching kids. If the instructor wants to get hired as a lifeguard in the future, then they will definitely need to learn work with adults while in the water too.

Many future lifeguards, if to young to head to lifeguard training, get their foot in the door by earning their water safety merits first. This is an excellent way to gain summer employment when too young to become a lifeguard.

In the United States of America, the red cross organization is recognized as the leading educator in water athletics and water teaching. Most pools, beach organizations, or gyms use a teaching curriculum purchased from the Red Cross in order to train individuals in the art of Water Safety. Individuals, however, can also purchase these training guides directly from the Red Cross if they want to learn what to do. However, you will still need to register for a class, as to become a certified Water Safety Instructor and be eligible to teach you must pass a class taught be a certified teacher. Must of the classroom instruction is actually done in the water, so that is why you cannot learn correctly at home or online. You can feel free to practice the test at home though and read the materials at your own convenience.

The basic requirements to become a instructor are age and ability based. Instructors must be at least 16, but do not necessarily need a valid drivers license. A birth certificate can be used to verify age and works just fine. The instructor must be able to swim laps using a variety of strokes, and may need to do so under a certain time limit. A proficient swimmer, with a little practice on the unique strokes, should be able to pass this exam without trouble.

If you have decided that getting your certification is the right next move for you, then check with your local pool or community center for more information as well as specific requirements for that facility. You also could check with the Red Cross directly, as most cities have a regional representative.

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