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Advanced Lifesaving Courses

Advanced Lifesaving

Steps to becoming a Lifeguard:

1. Bronze Star / Swim Kids 10
2. Bronze Medallion ~ (Must be 13 years of age)
3. Bronze Cross
4. Aquatic Emergency Care or Standard First Aid with CPR level C and AED
5. National Lifeguard   - Pool Award (must be 16 years of age by the end of the course)

Bronze Star

Develop your problem-solving, Water Smart and decision– making skills with this program!

Prerequisite: None

Fridays, May 31-June 28, 3:45-5:45pm

Bronze Medallion

Continue your lifeguard training in this class, where you will learn waterfront search skills, first aid skills and contact rescues.

Prerequisite: 13 years of age

Mon-Fri, July 8-12, 1:00-5:00pm

Bronze Cross

Water spinals, submerged victim rescues, team rescue skills and treatment of complex injuries are taught in this level.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Mon-Fri, July 15-19, 1:00-5:00pm

Standard First Aid/ Aquatic Emergency Care

Take your lifesaving training to the next level! If you are planning to be a professional lifeguard or looking for more comprehensive first aid and lifesaving training, Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) will give you the edge. AEC provides hands-on training in the care of injuries and illness common to both aquatic and non-aquatic settings.

June 21-23, Friday 5:00-9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Standard First Aid/Aquatic Emergency Care Re-Certification:
Saturday, April 27, 9:00am-2:00pm

National Lifeguard

National Lifeguards guards are always in training to keep their skills, knowledge and fitness sharp. They are required to keep other important certifications such as CPR and first aid up-to-date. Some are trained in advanced treatments like using oxygen or in the use of specialized equipment like defibrillators and personal watercraft. National Lifeguard is Canada's only nationally recognized lifeguard certification program.

Prerequisites: Minimum 16 years of age. Bronze Cross certification and a current Standard First Aid certification from one of: Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross

Mon-Fri, August 12-16, 9:00am-5:00pm

Saturday, April 27, 2:00-6:00pm OR Thursday, July 25, 4:00-8:00pm

National Lifeguard Instructor Clinic

Mar 14-15 2019 (Thurs and Fri) 9:00-5:00 pm

Lifesaving Instructor

Lifesaving Instructors/ Examiners are trained to teach and evaluate the three Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Distinction certifications. Instructor/ Examiner candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid, and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation.

The Lifesaving Instructor/ Examiner certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta & Northwest Territories includes Advanced Instructor, Examination Standards Clinic, and Lifesaving CPR Instructor/ Examiner certifications.  

Prerequisites: 16 years of age by the end of the course; Bronze Cross or NL certification (need not be current).

Tues-Fri, August 6-9, 9:00am-5:00pm

Recert Date:
Tuesday, June 4, 4:00-8:00pm

Advanced Red Cross Programs (Water Safety Instructor)

Part 1: Water Safety Instructor Course – Skills Evaluation, Online & Teaching Experience

The skills evaluation ensures candidates have the necessary water safety skills, strokes, and Instructor Emergency Response (IER) skills equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids 10 performance criteria. As a result of the extensive research conducted, one of the most significant aspects of the revised program will be the transition of in-person learning to combined online and in-person training. This blended learning solution will put the Canadian Red Cross’ Water Safety Instructor Development Program in line with a new approach to learning: the flipped classroom. According to the Khan Academy, the flipped classroom allows the learner to learn at his or her own speed—focusing on what is important and how it connects to them—online before arriving at the pool. This ensures the transfer of knowledge will occur in an environment the learner controls: time, reviews, additional opportunities to research, and reflection. The in-person component then builds on the topics covered online. Another significant change is the teaching experience. The teaching experience takes place following the online learning and prior to the in-person component. The decision to complete the teaching experience prior to the in-person course achieves the following outcomes:

Candidates have first-hand experience observing real progressions and swimmer skills with a mix of personalities in the same class.

Candidates have a frame of reference to reflect on and link to the theory of the course.

July 4 & 5, 2019 (Weds & Thurs) 3:00-6:00pm OR July 23 & 24 (Tues/Weds) 3:00-6:00pm

June 25, 4:00pm-10:00pm

Part 2: Water Safety Instructor Course – Classroom and Pool
This component follows the teaching experience and furthers instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach, and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Programs. This is where we consolidate candidates’ knowledge and experience from the online and teaching experience components so they are ready to take on their first Red Cross Swim Program. Here the candidates will also complete a variety of practice-teaching exercises teaching their peer candidates. If available the practice-teaching exercises can also be conducted using actual swimmers in an existing program.

August 19-23 (Mon-Fri), 10:00am-4:00pm