DEF Tier 1 Instructor

A DEF Tier 1 Instructor is the foundation for all DEF training and programs, therefore the backbone of our organization. All Tier 1 Instructors must retain annual currency and operate under supervision and guidance of a DEF Tier 2 Instructor to plan and execute all training. Completion of the Tier 1 Certification program is a demonstration in mastering the basics of instruction of aquatic safety / risk management, water confidence training from beginner to advanced levels, basic understanding of aquatic fitness programming, and maintaining currency with their CPR / AED certification.


1. Have coaching or fitness instructor experience
2. Have swimming or water experience
3. Able to conduct the DEF Screener
1. 10min water tread
2. 25m 10lb brick tow
3. Deep end mask retrieval
4. 25m underwater crossover

Upon completing the Deep End Fitness Tier 1 Instructor Course AFAA will award you 8 CEUs