Aquatics specialty and leadership programs for children and youth offered by the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross.
For those wanting to pursue leadership training to become a Lifeguard or Instructor, whether you were certified and it’s been awhile or you have no certifications and don’t know what to expect, this is your opportunity to brush up on your skills and knowledge to make sure you have what it takes to embark on the path to an aquatic career.
Start your training to become a lifeguard through the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard course. This pre-requistive course for the lifeguard certification teaches injury prevention, teamwork, basic rescues and lifeguard skills. Candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria. Pre-requisites: Must be at least 12 years old at start of the course. Ability to swim at Swim Kids level 10 or equivalent.
If you've completed your Bronze Cross certification (current or not) you only need to take the five-hour prep course to continue on to the Red Cross Lifeguard certificate course. Through this prep course you will use your skills and knowledge to prepare yourself for the Red Cross Lifeguard course. Pre-requisites: Must be at least 12 years old at start of the course Must have ability to swim at the Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 or equivalent. Must have completed a Bronze Cross certification (does not need to be current).
Recertification Course for the Assistant Lifeguard Pre-requisites: - 13 years old at start of course - Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard certification (need not be current)
This course prepares deck-ready lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and handle public relations in a professional manner. The candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete final skills and knowledge assessments. Pre-requisites: Must be at least 15 years old at start of the course. Must have current Standard First Aid. Must have taken ALG/Prep course.
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. Learn to teach all levels of the Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Course material will cover teaching methods for water safety, water skills, and swimming strokes. This certification consists of 4 components, all of which must be completed for successful completion of the WSI certification.
The online component for the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course
Skills Evaluation for the Water Safety Instructor course. Candidates must complete this component in order to continue to the Classroom/Pool component
The WSI course is designed to provide candidates with the proper knowledge and skills to teach swimming and water safety while promting water-safe attitudes in, on, and around the water. Learn to teach all levels of the Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Course material will cover teaching methods for water safety, water skills, and swimming strokes. This certification consists of 4 components, all of which must be completed for successful completion of the WSI certification.
This one-day recertification course is designed for individuals that have a valid Standard First Aid certificate that will soon expire. Please bring your unexpired certificate with you when you attend.
Learn to think, react and improvise in emergency situations. The two-day course includes CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED), head and spinal injuries, choking, poisoning and life-threatening emergencies.
Bronze Medallion: Rescuers learn tows and carries, defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Students also learn CPR and First Aid skills. Bronze Cross: Rescuers use skills previously learned from the Bronze Medallion to address challenging situations while learning about safe supervision and aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for the NL and Lifesaving Instructor Award. Pre-requisites: Medallion: Must be 13 years old by the end of the course or have a current Bronze Star certification. Cross: Must have successfully completed the Bronze Medallion certificate.
NL is designed to develop an understanding of lifeguard principles, good judgement and a mature responsible attitude towards the role of a lifeguard. Pre-requisites: Must be at least 16 years old by the end of the course. Must have successfully completed the Bronze Cross certificate. Must have a current Standard First Aid or Aquatic Emergency Care.
Prepare for your first job as a ‘professional babysitter.’ Learn the basics in this one day, in-person course and get tips for finding babysitting jobs. You’ll learn simple techniques for First Aid, how to handle emergency situations and strategies to create a safe and happy environment for children. The course covers babysitters’ and family rights and responsibilities, basic baby and child care skills, ideas to foster positive interactions with children of different ages, as well as child safety and injury prevention. Graduates of this program can choose, with parental consent, to have their name included in our Babysitter Referral Service.
Lifesaving Sport Club works on swimming skills, as well as an introduction to water and dryland fitness. Participants develop team building skills, improve self-esteem, and participate in seasonal events and competitions (both local and provincial). Participants are required to have a club T-shirt & swim cap which can be purchased at Guest Services at any time (previous members are not required to purchase new ones if they still have some from previous years). Participants will also be required to purchase a black or blue swimsuit and are encouraged to attend one or more competitions.