ADVANCED PROGRAMS

SWIM PATROL

ROOKIE, RANGER, STAR
Class Size: 6 students, 1 instructor.
Prerequisite: Swim Kids 10 (children 12 years + can advance to the bronze program)

This is the on-ramp to lifeguarding for 9-12 year olds who are ready to go beyond the regular Red Cross program. Content is organized in 3 groups, water proficiency, first aid and rescue. Swim Patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart behavior. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.

BRONZE AWARDS

BRONZE STAR
Class Size: 6 students, 1 instructor.
Prerequisite: 12 years of age, Swim Kids 10
(Duration: 15-20 hrs)

This course is designed to prepare candidates for Bronze Medallion by introducing fitness, water rescue and first aid components.

BRONZE MEDALLION AND EMERGENCY FIRST AID

Class Size: 6 students, 1 instructor.
Prerequisite: 13 years of age OR Bronze Star.
(Duration: 15-20 hrs)

This award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows/carries and defense/release methods in preparation for rescues of conscious and unconscious victims. Lifesavers also develop endurance in a timed swim.

BRONZE CROSS

Class Size: 6 students, 1 instructor.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and EFA.
(Duration: 15-20 hrs)

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes a timed 600 m swim.

STANDARD 1ST AID & CPR C (SFA & CPR-C)

Class Size: 12 students, 1 Instructor
Prerequisite: None
(Duration: approx. 13 – 16 hrs)

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: medical/legal aspects of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C certification.

The first aid program is not restricted to aquatic candidates. You can use the Lifesaving Society’s first aid awards to train non-aquatic staff (camp, playground, maintenance, etc.) and the general public.

NATIONAL LIFEGUARD (NL)

Class Size: 12 students, 1 instructor.
Prerequisite: 16 years of age + Bronze Cross + Standard First Aid & CPR C.
(Duration: approx. 40 hrs)

NL is recognized as the standard measure of lifeguard performance in Canada, NL education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. The NL award is designed to prepare lifeguards to fulfill this role as professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics.

RED CROSS WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR (WSI)

Class Size: 12 students, 1 instructor.
Prerequisite: 15 years of age + Bronze Cross or NL.
(Duration: approx. 30 hrs)

This course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop swimming and water safety skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids and Teen and Adults program curriculum. Candidates are required to do online modules, in-water training and written assignments in order to complete the course.