Becoming a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
Water Safety Instructor Course:
Dates/Times: April 8 and May 19 - 22
Pre-requisites: 15 years or older by course date
Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, Emergency First Aid or higher, or Bronze Cross (certifications do not need to be current)
Perform the water safety skills and strokes to meet the highest level of performance criteria in the Red Cross Swim Kids program
This is now a one step certification to becoming a Water Safety Instructor. There are 4 components to this course:
Information Session & Skills Evaluation - April 8th
Online Module - To be completed on the candidate's own time, between April 8th & May 19th. Includes 15 online modules and workbook assignments (approximately 15 - 20 hours total).
Co-Teaches - Can be completed between the completion of the online module and the end of the course. Head Lifeguard Instructor/Course instructor will help the candidate arrange this.
Classroom & Pool - May 19th - 22nd
Water Safety Instructor Recertification:
Dates: March 18th, April 8th OR June 11th
Prerequisites: Water Safety Instructor Certification, current or expired within the past 5 years.
The WSI Re-certification is designed to ensure quality and standards are maintained in the field. Re-certification provides the opportunity for Water Safety Instructors to share ideas, review skills and address areas of challenge. Re-certification course content is refreshed every 2 years based on feedback and trends.
Becoming a Lifesaving Society Lifeguard
Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite to taking Bronze Star although it is strongly recommended that participants complete Swim Kids level 10 (or equivalent) and are a minimum of 8 years of age.
Bronze Star provides excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.
Bronze Medallion & CPR C:
Date/Time: August 8-11
Pre-requisites: 13 years of age
Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles that make up the four components of water rescue – judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. Lifesavers learn to respond to increasingly complex situations involving conscious and unconscious victims in contact and non-contact rescues. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance with a timed swim.
Bronze Cross with Lifesaving Standard First Aid
Dates: March 11, 12, 18 & 19th
Prerequisites: Current or expired Bronze Medallion certification
Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, and teamwork. Lifesavers learn the skills involved in the rescue of a victim with a spinal injury, the rescue of a pulseless victim, and the rescue of a victim with deteriorating circumstances. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite to National Lifeguard and Lifesaving Instructor courses. Bronze Cross is the stepping stone for all of the Lifesaving Society’s advanced training programs in lifesaving, lifeguarding and leadership.
National Lifeguard Award
Dates: May 5 6:00pm-9:00pm
May 6, 7, 27, & 28 9:00am-6:00pm
June 3 & 4 9:00am-6:00pm
Prerequisites: Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid/CPR C, these can be current or expired.
The National Lifeguard certification is Canada's professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard's role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.
National Lifeguard training is designed for lifesavers who wish to obtain a responsible job and leadership experience. Successful candidates are certified by the Lifesaving Society - Canada's lifeguarding experts.
National Lifeguard Recertification
Dates: May 13 12:30pm-4:30pm
June 10 12:30pm-4:30pm
Prerequisites: National Lifeguard Award, current or expired within the past 5 years.
The purpose of a National Lifeguard recertification is to reconfirm that National Lifeguards can perform at the NL standard. You should practice with your coworkers and on your own regularly. At the exam, you will show the examiner a number of mandatory skills, explained in detail in the National Lifeguard Award Guide