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UNM-Los Alamos will offer a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) class leading to American Red Cross Certification. The class will be from Feb 15 to May 3. Classes will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday; from 5-7 p.m. Friday; and from
10 a.m.-noon Feb 26 and March 12.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be prepared to teach Parent and Child aquatics, Pre-School Aquatics, Learn to Swim Levels 1-6, Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety Courses. This class is offered as a three-credit professional physical education course or as a non-credit Community Education course.
Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of class; possess a Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) certificate, or current Red Cross Instructor Authorization, or successfully complete the FIT training included as part of this course.
Students must be able to perform 25 yards each of the following strokes at American Red Cross Level 4 proficiency: front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, butterfly (15 yards), and be able to tread water one minute and float on back for one minute.
Instructor Jackie La New has a master’s degree in kinesiology and aquatic certifications from the American Red Cross, the Aquatic Exercise Association and the American Council on Exercise.
“Right now, this is the only WSI course scheduled to be taught in Los Alamos before summer begins, so a great opportunity for people to earn American Red Cross certification in time to teach swim lessons this summer,” La New said.
Visit www.la.unm.edu to see the entire spring schedule of classes.
Call 662-0336 to learn more about enrollment through Community Education. Call 662-0332 for more information about credit enrollment. To learn more about the class, call Jackie La New at 663-3402 or 662-0332.