Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructors (swimming lessons instructors) are trained to teach children and adults water safety, survival and swimming skills, and give community water safety presentations. It's a fun job that will help you develop teaching and leadership skills. Interested in becoming a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or have you recently taken your WSI certification class? Owatonna Parks and Recreation and Owatonna Community Education are offering up to $200 if you become American Red Cross WSI certified. Instructors may be reimbursed up to $100 per organization. 

For each class you teach, instructors may be reimbursed $5 per class up to $20 per season per organization. Any instructor presenting a receipt from a certification class is eligible if the class was taken within the past 2 years with Owatonna Parks and Recreation or taken within the past year with another organization. Contact Parks and Recreation for more information. View more information on the Water Safety Instructor Reimbursement Program.

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December 1-December 7

  • December1 – 10am-5pm at West Hills Social Commons 
  • December2 – 6:30pm-9:30pm at West Hills Social Commons 
  • December4 – 6:30-9:30pm at Junior High
  • December7 – 10am-5pm at West Hills Social Commons 


  • Must be 16 at time class begins.
  • You must attend all classes to pass.
  • No refund will be issued if you do not pass.
  • Strokes you need to know proficiently for at least 25 yards each:
    • Back crawl
    • Breast stroke
    • Butterfly 
    • Elementary backstroke
    • Front crawl

It is highly recommended to start practicing your strokes immediately, especially breaststroke and butterfly. Class is not the time to learn the strokes - you will need to know all the strokes before class begins.