Aquatic Training, First Aid Training and Instructor Development Program

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First Aid Training

Standard First Aid

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 medical/legal aspects, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies.

Prerequisite:

14 years old +

Duration:

16 hours

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

CPR training is designed to meet the needs of both the public and professional rescuers like lifeguards. The courses teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and relief of choking. An introduction of an Automated External Defibrillator is included in the levels “A” and “B”. The practice of an Automated External Defibrillator is included in the levels “C”.

Prerequisite:

None

Duration:

CPR-A (adult and child) 3-4 hours

CPR -B (adult, child and infant) 4-5 hours

CPR -C/AED (Practice with AED) 5-6 hours

Instructor Training Program-Red Cross

The WSI Course is designed to provide candidates with the proper knowledge and skills to teach swimming and water safety while promoting water-safe attitudes in, on, and around the water. This course will provide you with instructional knowledge and theories on topics including teaching methods, learning styles, swimming skills, communication, safety supervision, injury prevention, and feedback. The course will include a WSI-Classroom and Pool components. For more information please visit the Canadian Red Cross Website 

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course

This course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim & Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Adapted programs.

Course Components & Length:
  • WSI-Skills Evaluation*: 3-6 hours
  • WSI-Online: 14-20 hours
  • WSI-Teaching Experience: minimum 8 hours
  • WSI-Classroom and Pool: 9 hours classroom, 12 hours pool

*WSI-SKills Evaluation can be completed before or after the WSI-Online or WSI Teaching Experience, but must be completed before attending the WSI-Classroom and Pool.

Prerequisites:
  1. 15 years or older
  2. Ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills
  3. Bronze Cross Certificate

 

Completion criteria:
  • Attend, participate in, and complete 100% of all four course components
  • WSI-Teaching Experience: Complete a minimum of 4 hours** in each of a Red Cross Swim Preschool and a Red Cross Swim Kids class within 6 months of finishing the WSI-Online.

**Red Cross recommends completing an entire session.

 

Course material:
  • Water Safety Instructor Workbook
  • Red Cross Swim Deck Book
  • PIN and password for WSI-online

Canadian Lifesaving Program

In order to become a lifeguard, four courses are necessary. The first one, Bronze Medallion is an initiation to first aid and rescue techniques. If you are 15 years old and have succeeded that course, you can already be assistant lifeguard at a swimming pool. Thereafter, you should take the Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid which is a 16-hour course devoted only to first aid skills, and then, the National Lifeguard training. Now, a stimulating job will await you.

At the age of 8 years old and even before beginning the Bronze Medallion, you can start learning lifesaving within Swim Patrol and Bronze Star trainings. Everyone can try. You only need to know how to swim.

Swim Patrol

The Swim Patrol Program is intended for youth aged between 8 to 12 years old who wish to develop their leaderhip, self-confidence, judgment, team spirit and physical fitness, and who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. This program includes three learning levels: Rookie, Ranger and Star. Each level is based on three modules: Water proficiency, First Aid, and Recognition and rescue.

Prerequisites:
  • Be able to swim without a bouyant aid
  • Be between 8 and 12 years old

 

Duration:
  • 10 hours in the pool for each level

 

Material:
  • Shirt and pants that can go in the water

Bronze Star

he Bronze Star Award is the first bronze-level certificate. Participants are introduced to rescue learning to find solutions to various problems and make decisions as individuals and as a member of a team. They learn CPR and rescue skills that are needed to become a lifeguard.

Prerequisite:
  • Be able to swim 100 m
Duration:
  • 10 to 12 hours
Material:
  • Pocket mask and gloves
  • Shirt and pants that can go in the water
Attendance:
  • The presence and participation of the candidate for the entire course is mandatory. The candidate must be present 75% of the training to be allowed to take the final exam. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep himself up to date and to complete missed lessons due to absence.

Bronze Medallion

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Medallion 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 and carries, defence and release methods in preparation for rescues of conscious and unconscious victims. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.

Prerequisites:
  1. Minimum 13 years of age on the day of the exam or Bronze Star AND
  2. Show the abilities and knowledge of the Canadian Red Cross Swim Kids 10 as of the first class
  • Head/feet-first surface dives with underwater swim 2 m
  • Ice rescue from safe zone
  • Butterfly drill 3 X 10 m
  • Swim continuously the following strokes:
    – Crawl, 100 m
    – Back Crawl, 100 m
    – Elementary backstroke, 50 m
    – Breaststroke, 50 m

 

Duration:
  • 25 hours minimum excluding exam

 

Material:
  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Canadian First Aid Manual (recommended)
  • Pocket mask and gloves
  • Shirt and pants that can go in the water

 

Attendance:
  • The presence and participation of the candidate for the entire course is mandatory. The candidate must be present 75% of the training to be allowed to take the final exam. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep himself up to date and to complete missed lessons due to absence.

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross Award is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. They will learn the difference between rescue and guarding, the reasons behind emergency procedures and team work. The Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification.

Prerequisite:
  • Bronze Medallion
 
Duration:
  • 30 hours minimum excluding exam
 
Matériel :
  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Canadian First Aid Manual (recommended)
  • Pocket mask and gloves
 
Attendance:
  • The presence and participation of the candidate for the entire course is mandatory. The candidate must be present 75% of the training to be allowed to take the final exam. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep himself up to date and to complete missed lessons due to absence.

National Lifeguard

The National Lifeguard certification is a nationally recognized lifeguard certification program. It builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values required in training lifeguards in safety supervision in a pool environment. This certification is designed to teach how to assess and adapt to various situations. The National Lifeguard certification is available in four options: pool, waterfront, surf and water park. All include core content in addition to specialized training for the specific lifeguarding environment.

Prerequisites:
  1. Minimum 15 years of age by the exam date
  2. Bronze Cross card in hand
  3. Valid Standard First Aid card in hand
 
Duration:
  • 40 hours excluding final exam
 
Material:
  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Canadian First Aid Manual (recommended)
  • Alert! Lifeguarding in action Manual
  • Regulation respecting safety in public bathsL B-!>!, r.11
  • Pocket mask, gloves and whistle
 
Attendance:
  • The presence and participation of the candidate for the entire course is mandatory. The candidate must be present 90% of the training to be allowed to take the final exam. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep himself up to date and to complete missed lessons due to absence.

Lifesaving Instructor

This training prepares candidates to teach lifesaving. They learn, among other things, ethics, educational strategies, learning obstacles, how to teach and assess first aid situations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the different lifesaving techniques and skills. This certificate is the first step in the Leadership Program at the Lifesaving Society, and it is the basic teaching award to become an instructor.

Can teach the following awards:
  1. Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star)
  2. Bronze Star
  3. Bronze Medallion
  4. Bronze Cross
  5. Lifesaving Fitness
  6. Distinction Award
  7. Self-Resuce and survival for boaters
 
Prerequisites:
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Hold a current National Lifeguard award
 
Duration:
  • 40 hours excluding final exam
 
Material :
  • Gloves and pocket mask
  • Instructor Notes
  • Award Guide: Bronze Medal Awards
  • Award Guide: Swim Patrol
  • Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Canadian First Aid Manual
  • Guide du moniteur en Sauvetage (in French only)
 
Attendance:
  • The presence and participation of the candidate for the entire course is mandatory. The candidate must be present 90% of the training to be allowed to take the final exam. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep himself up to date and to complete missed lessons due to absence.

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