Aquatic Leadership Courses
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Canadian Swim Patrol
Pre- Bronze program level
Swimmers 8-12 years old
Intro to basic lifesaving skills
3 Levels each with 3 Modules of Water Proficiency, Recognition & Rescue and First Aid
The Canadian Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. Swim Patrol is made up of 3 levels (Rookie, Ranger, and Star) that continues to develop participant's swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Society's Bronze medal awards. Each level of the Canadian Swim Patrol program has three modules: Water Proficiency, First Aid, and Recognition & Rescue. Swim Patrollers work on content appropriate to their ability and interest.
Prerequisite: Recommended 12 years of age.
In Bronze Star, candidates develop swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.
Prerequisite: Must have Bronze Star or be 13 years of age by last day of course
Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness - the four components of water rescue - form the basis of the Bronze medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on and around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for Assistant Lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion
The Lifesaving society's Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as Assistant Lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in awuatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the National Lifeguard and leadership certificate programs.
National Lifeguard - Pool (NL)
15 years of age (by last day of class)
Bronze Cross (need not be current - but recommended)
SFA and CPR-C (need not be current - but recommended)
Airway management & Oxygen Administration (current)
The National Lifeguard (NL) award is recognized as the standard measure of lifeguarding performance in Canada and in compliance with the International Life Saving federation (ILS) standard for lifeguarding. NL education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement, and mature and responsible attitude. NL training develops basic lifeguarding skills and decision-making process to prepare lifeguards to evaluate and adapt to different aquatic emergencies and be professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics.
Lifesaving Swim Instructor
The Lifesaving Swim Instructor Course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate basic movement and swimming skills, strokes and fitness. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching and acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of skill and stroke development drills and corrections techniques. Lifesaving Swim Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate the parent and tot, preschool and swimmer levels.