Pathway to become a Lifeguard:
Pathway to become a Swim Instructor:
Bronze Star develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport. Prerequisite(s): None. (Swim Patrol experience recommended) Recertification: None. Must complete an original Bronze Star course to remain current. Certification Currency: 2 years from the date of certification.
Judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness-the four componenents of water rescue-form the basis of 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 pre-requisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Medallion.
Pre-requisite(s): 13 years of age (or Bronze Star) and CPR-C.
Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a pre-requisite for advanced training in the Society's National Lifeguard program.
Pre-requiste(s): Bronze Medallion and Standard First Aid CPR-C & AED.
The Lifesaving Society's National Lifeguard certification builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge, fitness, judgement, and values taught in the prerequisite Lifesaving Society lifesaving certifications. The National Lifeguard program develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles, and decision-making process to help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies.
Pre-requiste(s): Bronze Cross (need not be current), current Standard First Aid CPR C AED, and minimum 16 years of age.
Standard First Aid & CPR C provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of first aid such as: spinal injuries, environmental illnesses, bone and joing injuries, burns, and sudden medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C and AED certification. This is a blended learning course, complete 8 hours online before you attend the 8 hour classroom portion.
Pre-requisite(s): Minimum 13 years of age.
Swim Instructors are responsbile for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Swim for Life and Canadian Swim Patrol programs. The Swim Instructor course prepares instructors to apply leadership and strategies designed to teach swimming and lifesaving.
Pre-requisite(s): 15 years old and Bronze Cross or higher.