Water Safety Instructor Course
This course provides instructor
candidates the training needed to teach courses in the American Red
Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. Students develop their
understanding of how to use the course materials, how to teach swim lessons and how to evaluate participants' progress. The blended-learning format includes mandatory online coursework prior to instructor-led pool and classroom time. Students should bring a lunch, snack, water bottle, swim suit
and towel each day. Attendance at all classes is required. There is an additional fee of $37 paid directly to the Red Cross for the online portion of the course. Registration closes Friday, October 25.
Prerequisites: Minimum of age 16 by end of course; successful completion of pre-course session consisting of tests of water safety and swimming skills and knowledge.
Hello! My name is Melinda Fierro. I am a long-time American Red Cross instructor in Aquatics and First Aid/CPR, with over 25 years of experience as an instructor and 20 years as an instructor trainer. I have worked for a variety of providers including locally both the Stillwater and North St. Paul/Maplewood Community Education departments, as well as, the Maplewood Community Center. I’ve also been previously employed full time with the American Red Cross both here in the Twin Cities Metro Area and San Diego/Los Angeles California in the areas of volunteer services, community education, and workplace programming.
I have experience training all ages, from 6 months to seniors in Water Safety, Lifeguarding, and Workplace programming. I have previous experience training instructors and instructor trainers in both a community and workplace environment.
I’ve been teaching for Stillwater Community Education for three years. I am also a resident of the wonderful community of Stillwater and my three kids attend Stillwater schools.