Red Cross Course Planning

The Red Cross is on the forefront of first aid, CPR, re-certifications and water safety programs. This article focuses on the planning aspects of a water safety instructor (WSI) course. This page includes a overview and detailed outline of the Red Cross WSI Course planning section.

2 hours (class)
Definition: Development of both long-term and short-term lesson plans to ensure that the content is covered during a
lesson set and everyone’s needs are met.
1. Identify why WSIs use lesson plans.
2. Identify the key components of daily and long-term lesson plans.
3. Demonstrate the ability to create effective long-term and daily lesson plans.

Evaluation Criteria
-Identifies the key components of daily and long term lesson plans
-Demonstrates ability to effectively develop and revise a long-term lesson plan
-Demonstrates ability to develop an effective daily lesson plan for any Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, and Aqua Adults and teens class
Long-Term Planning

-Demonstrate the ability to create effective long-term and daily lesson plans, flipchart, felts
-Identify why WSI’s use lesson plans.

Materials: Travel brochures,

Time: 30 minutes

Gather some brochures of various destinations from a travel agent. Assign groups of candidates to different trips and give them a brochure. Put up the “Planning a Trip” overhead (Appendix B). Have candidates work in groups to answer the questions. Quickly review them as a group. Using a white board or flip chart, map out one of the destinations into a 10 day grid. What things are they going to do each day (no details, just the items)? As you are mapping out the plan, be sure to point out that they may want to do some things or everything more than once so plan for that as well. Point out that to plan a trip, you need to have in mind the length of time gone, what you will take, what you will do, goals, etc. This is the same as lesson planning. Identify the purpose of long term lesson plans: a determination of the skills to be covered, focusing on what day and what skill not how the skills will be covered.

Ensure the long-term lesson plans include the following details:
-when to introduce each new skill/water safety item/stroke/fitness activity,
-a review and practice of skill/water safety item/stroke/fitness activity,
-an introduction of all skill/water safety item/stroke/fitness activity by the fourth or fifth lesson, identifies that skill/water safety item/stroke/fitness activity are repeated a minimum of three times in a lesson set,
-the instructor should begin with those skills which were developed in the previous levels,
-similar skills are linked together,
-and water safety and swimming are covered everyday,

etc. As a group, create a long-term lesson plan using the worksheet for Red Cross Swim Kids 6.
Short-Term Planning

-Identify the key components of daily and long-term lesson plans.
-Demonstrate the ability to create effective long-term and daily lesson plans.
Materials: Flipchart, felts

Time: 30 minutes

Identify that the long-term lesson plan is to determine the “what”; a shortterm
lesson plan is to clarify the “how”. It is also the tool where the individual needs of your swimmers can
be written down. Look at the long-term plan for the trip that was planned above. Let’s take a close look at
Day 4. We want to plan that day in detail – creating a short-term plan. A short-term lesson plan should
include: date, time, level, lesson day, skills listed, methods used, progressions, formations used (minimum of three), safety supervision concerns, equipment and back up. Together, create a brief plan for Day 4 of the trip. Now, as a whole group, create a short-term lesson plan for Day 4 of your Red Cross Swim Kids 6 class by using the long-term lesson plan you designed as a group.
Short-Term Plan for Different Age Groups

-Identify the key components of daily and long-term lesson plans.
-Demonstrate the ability to create effective long-term and daily lesson plans.

Materials: Flipchart, Felts

Time: 30 minutes

Break class into three groups. Assign each group
a topic of Preschool, Adult or Multi-Level. Have them create a short-term plan for Day 3 of a pre-determined
level in the Red Cross Swim Program. Have them prepare their plan on a flipchart and present to the class.
Discuss how the plans differed according to the different age or levels that they were teaching.

Self Evaluation

-Identify why WSIs use lesson plans.

Materials: Paper, felts, Flipchart.

Time: 30 minutes

Have candidates draw a self-portrait. Put the questions listed below on an overhead
or flipchart and have them evaluate how they did. How does this apply to lessons? What should they be
doing when they are teaching their lessons? Point out that they need to be evaluating their lessons at the
end of each day. What went well, what didn’t, what needs to be done again or differently? All of these things
are important to ensure that they teach the best lesson possible.
Self Evaluation Questions
1. Did I give myself two eyes? A nose? A mouth?
2. Was my hair too straight or too curly in the picture or just right?
3. Did I remember to include all distinguishing characteristics – the things that make me special?
4. What could I have done differently to make the portrait look more like me?
5. Is there anything that I could try the next time I try to draw a picture of myself?