Water Safety Instructor Certification

The comprehensive Red Cross WSI program trains instructors in water safety and drowning prevention and provides information needed to plan and conduct courses in the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. 

The training program teaches instructors how to conduct a series of courses, such as Parent and Child Aquatics; Preschool Aquatics; Learn-To-Swim; Adult Swim; Longfellow's WHALE Tales; Safety for Swim Coaches; six water safety presentations and two water safety courses. 

Successful completion of this program will allow you to apply for group and private swim instructor positions within Michigan Tech HuskiesFit Programs. Class size is limited.

Future Dates TBA


SDC Pool

The Student Development Complex lap pool and dive tank are licensed by the State of Michigan and inspected by the Western U.P. District Health Department. Accordingly, the water is analyzed and the temperature is taken daily. The temperature fluctuates between 81-87 degrees and this will depend on the pool usage, outside temperature and water flow rate. The water is replenished automatically due to water lost through splash, backwashing of sand filters and evaporation. This new cool water intake will not be 81 degrees until it is well mixed into the existing pool water.


Participants must be 16 years of age by class start date (documentation required).



Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. You’ll receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.


Katie Theut
Fitness and Informal Recreation Manager
NMU Intercollegiate Athletics & Rec Sports 

For more information, contact Ann Hoover at 487-2995 or email amhoover@mtu.edu.