Water Safety Instructor Training Program

The Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute, Inc. (BRAINS) will be conducting an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course, in the Winter / Spring of 2016  BRAINS 40-hour course includes American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) and would certify the candidate to teach American Red Cross swimming and water safety courses.

Space is limited - You Must be Registered in order to Secure a Spot!

Skills testing and first class will take place on February 8th at 10AM.  Bring a towel, swimsuit, and swim cap.

Course Content Includes:

  • Teaching progressions, course lesson planning
  • Recognizing common skill errors and providing corrective feedback
  • Motor learning & hydrodynamic principles
  • Cultural diversity training
  • Fitness and training
  • Disabilities and other conditions


The cost of this course, including training materials, is $385 . If you are interested in taking this course or would like additional information, please contact Maria Fritsch, call BRAINS at (347) 267-9469, or visit our contact page to leave us a message.

Precourse requirements:
  • You must be at least 16 years of age by the last scheduled session of the instructor course and successfully complete the precourse session.
  • You must swim the following strokes at Level IV of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program:
      1. 25 yards of front crawl
      2. 25 yards of back crawl
      3. 25 yards of sidestroke
      4. 25 yards of breaststroke
      5. 25 yards of elementary backstroke
      6. 15 yards of butterfly
  • Maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling).
  • Tread water for 1 minute.


WSI Training Course Schedule

2016 WSI Registration Has Begun!

Contact  Maria at 347 267-9469 by January 31st to Register

BRAINS 2016 American Red Cross Water Safety program will take place on the indicated dates:

Saturdays 10:00 AM to 6 PM Feb 6, 13, & 27
March 5, 12, & 19

Terms & Conditions

Please make checks out to BRAINS.

Please note:

The FHHS pool is a competition pool, not a bathing pool - water temperature is cool. BRAINS does not offer refunds for variations in temperature or condition of the water or facility. Maintenance of the FHHS pool facility is performed by a private company under contract with the NYC Department of Education and is not, in any way, under the control of the Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute, Inc.

No refunds. Applicant is responsible for the total fee since acceptance to the program is offered to a limited number of candidates. All teaching costs, security and  permit fees must be paid for whether classes are attended or not, therefore BRAINS cannot offer make-up classes, credits or refunds for any classes you may miss. In the event that a class is cancelled we will, at our option, either schedule a make-up or offer a refund or credit for the number of classes cancelled. Exceptions: If major illness or serious complications make it impossible for the registrant to attend classes, we will make every effort to fill the remaining classes with another participant. Should such circumstances arise and we can fill the slot, while we are not obligated to do so, we will consider your request for a refund or credit. Please note that a processing fee of $25 will be applied to any refunds granted. If you are seeking such consideration, you must submit this request in writing along with doctor's notes and/or any other proof needed.

Transfers: Any transfer requests not initiated by BRAINS must be accompanied by payment of a $15 transfer processing fee.

This activity is not sponsored nor endorsed by the New York City Department of Education.  The views and opinions expressed by the sponsoring organization or its participants do not necessarily state or reflect those of the New York City Department of Education.

Water Safety Instructor Training

2016 WSI TRraining is in Session

Contact Maria at 347 267-9469 by January 31st to Register


For course details click here: www.brainstoswim.org/red-cross-water-safety.htm

Download WSI Registration Form

Lifeguard Training Registration

2016 Lifeguard Program is in Session

Contact Maria at 347 267-9469 by January 31st to Register

Course details and schedule may be viewed by clicking here


Download LG Regsitration Form


Pool Status: OPEN - Closing for Spring Break from March 26th through May 1st.

SUMMER REGISTRATION:  Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30PM  Thursdays 5:30 - 8PM    Saturdays 3 - 5PM.

Access to the pool is through permit-holding communtiy-based organizations only; patrons should refer to their group's representatives for their particular schedules.

At All Times...

  • Parents must not leave their children without adult supervision within the facility.
  • Do not drop off children without certifying that your instructor or coach is on hand and that your program will be in session.
  • Parents must pick their children up at the end of their class. NYC School Safety policy requires that any child left behind at the end of his/her scheduled class be placed in police custody;  parents will then have to go the 68th Precinct station house to retrieve their child(ren). 

The results of the 2015 Thomas F Greene Invitational Swim meet can be found here: TGIS