Water Safety Instructor Course


Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Certification
This courses prepares candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to aquatic emergencies and prevent drowning and other incidents. After successful completion of the course, participants will receive the following certifications: Lifeguard Training (2 years), First Aid (2 years), Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for The Professional Rescuer (2 years) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (2 years).

Upcoming Courses:
Session 1
*Registration deadline for Session 1 TBD


Fees include instruction, certification, facilities and materials.

Rice Student- $150 - This fee may be WAIVED if all the requirements are met. See the Waiver tab for details. For Blended Learning Lifeguard courses, Rice students will not owe anything at registration. Following the prerequisite swim test on the first day, Rice students will be charged $35 if the test is not satisfactorily completed.

Non Rice Student- $225
For Blended Learning Lifeguard courses, a deposit of $30 will be due at registration. Following the prerequisite swim test on the first day, the remaining $195 will be due

Waiver Requirements

You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours at Rice University to qualify.

  • Passing the Lifeguard course and earning a Lifeguard certification does not guarantee employment. Students must attend a scheduled hiring session with the aquatics director. If the student does not attend a hiring session, the student will owe the full course fee of $150.
  • Students must commit to working for the Rice Recreational Aquatic Center.


Participants must be at least 16 years of age by the last day of class. Those under 18 must provide identification.
The first class day will consist of the prerequisite swimming skills evaluation. Satisfactory completion of the skills must be achieved in order to take the course and become certified. If not satisfactorily completed, the participant will not be able to continue in the course and the participant will lose $30.
Demonstrate swimming skills consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4, by swimming the following strokes:

  • Front Crawl - 25 yards
  • Back Crawl - 25 yards
  • Breaststroke - 25 yards
  • Elementary Backstroke - 25 yards
  • Sidestroke - 25 yards
  • Butterfly - 15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute


This is a Blended Learning course. You are expected to complete readings and assignments outside of the in-class time. If you fail to complete readings or assignments on time you will not be able to continue in the course and you will not receive a refund. Before the first day of class you will need to read lessons 1-6 and complete assignments for lessons 1-4. This means you must bring with you to the first day of class your printed progress reports for lessons 1-4. Once you register you will receive more information about the Lifeguarding manual and the online assignments.

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*Registration deadline for session 2 TBD