Personal Water Safety Course

Authorized Provider of the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Personal Water Safety course builds on basic swimming and safety skills and provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid aquatic emergencies and perform self-rescues in some aquatic emergency situations.

Course Prerequisites

To be eligible for the Personal Water Safety course, participants must be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Jump into deep water from the side
  • Recover to the surface
  • Maintain position by treading or floating for 1 minute
  • Rotate one full turn then turn as necessary to orient to the exit point
  • Level off
  • Swim front crawl and/or elementary backstroke for 25 yards
  • Exit the water

Course Length

The course is organized into five approximately 1-hour lessons.