Water Safety Instructor

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.

Water Safety Instructor Training:

March 2018 Class

Fee:  $225 (no refund will be issued if you do not pass)

Class meeting times:  March 11 – March 21

March 11 (Sun): 1:00-7:00pm at SeniorPlace

March 12 (Mon): 6:30-9:30pm at the Middle School

March 14 (Wed): 6:30-9:30pm at the Middle School

March 16 (Fri): 6:30-9:30pm at the Middle School

March 19 (Mon): 6:30-9:30pm at the Middle School

March 21 (Wed): 6:30-9:30pm at the Middle School


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; 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.