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Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQ’s

I want to be a lifeguard - where do I start?

To be a working lifeguard, you need to successfully complete the following courses: Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross/CPR C, Standard First Aid/CPR C, National Lifeguard – Pool Option, Assistant Water Safety Instructor and Water Safety Instructor.

If you want to work at a waterpark facility (Township of Langley, City of Richmond, City of Coquitlam, West Vancouver, YMCA Kelowna), you will also need National Lifeguard – Water Park certification.

If you want to teach the Canadian Swim Patrol & Bronze level courses, you have to take Lifesaving Instructor. LIT offers all of these courses. This is also a required award for the Corporation of Delta, City of Richmond and City of Burnaby.

Check out steps to become a lifeguard now.

What is your cancellation policy?

Refunds, credits or transfers will be granted up to 5 full business days prior to the start of a course and will be subject to a $5 admin fee.Requests made between 3-5 full business days before the start of the course will be permitted, but will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to 25% of the original course price.There will be no refunds, cancellations or transfers granted within 72 hours of the start of the course.(Business days are Monday-Friday)

Do you ever cancel courses?

We need a minimum number of students in each course in order for the course education and simulations to be successful. Please ensure you register early for your courses to save your space in the class. If you wait until a few days before the course start date, we may have cancelled it due to low registration numbers – and we really don’t like doing that to you!

I passed my lifeguarding course but I haven’t received my award yet. What should I do?

Don’t panic! It can take up to eight weeks to receive your awards from the governing agencies. AWSI and WSI certificates come from the Canadian Red Cross and Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, NL, LSI awards come from the Lifesaving Society of BC/Yukon.

I’ve lost my award. How do I get another one?

For lost first aid certificates, call our office and we can send out a replacement certificate for a $20 fee.

For lost AWSI and WSI awards, call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-888-307-7997. A fee may apply.

For lost Bronze programs, NL and LSI awards, go to The Lifesaving Society and type in your member number (found on any of your Lifesaving Society awards) to print off your award verification. Or, call the Lifesaving Society at 604-299-5450.

Do I have to be Jewish to take courses at the Jewish Community Centre?

Nope.

What swimming level do I need in order to take the Bronze Medallion program?

The only requirement is the ability to swim. LIT recommends being able to swim four-lengths of a 25-meter pool comfortably. Your instructor will work on your stroke development in the course. If you have taken Red Cross swimming lessons, completion of Level 7 will prepare you for Bronze Medallion.

I see there are age requirements for some courses. Does LIT accept underage students?

Unfortunately, age requirements are set by The Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon and The Canadian Red Cross. You must be the required age by the last day of the course. There is, however, one lucky exception: If you are between the ages of 10 and 13 and completed the Bronze STAR program, you may register for the Bronze Medallion/Cross courses.

What happens if I don’t pass my course?

LIT wants every candidate to be successful! All courses run by LIT First Aid and Lifeguard Training come with a Guarantee of Completion. If you do not successfully complete your registered LIT course, you can retake the course on us! The only thing you have to pay is the examination fee ($30-$60 depending on the course).

The LIT Guarantee is subject to 100 per cent course attendance and participation, completion of all assignments and must be used within one year of the in-completed/failed course. Please note the LIT Guarantee does not apply to recertification courses and is valid for second attempt only.

I have completed all the required lifeguard and teaching courses and now I want a job! Where do I start?

First and foremost, congratulations! Now check out our Employment & Volunteer Opportunities and follow LIT on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for all sorts of job and volunteer opportunities.

Ask at the facility where you would like to work and look at the careers section of their website for job postings and requirements – for example, facilities with a zero-depth entry may require NL Waterpark certification. Talk with past instructors and get involved with any volunteer opportunities in your area!

You can also beef up your qualifications with specialty certificates, such as Aquafit Instructor. Finally, have someone help you polish your cover letter and resume, and personalize it for each job you apply for. We wish you the best of luck!

How do I become a first aid instructor?

You need to be 18 years old and hold a current Standard First Aid and CPR C/HCP certificate to enroll in the First Aid Instructor. If you have a current WSI, you may also be eligible for the First Aid Instructor Transfer. Recertification is required every three years, but don’t worry – we can recertify you, too!

I am applying to nursing school. Which first aid courses do I need?

BCIT: CPR/HCP. You can register in LIT’s CPR Level C/AED course. If registering online, please indicate in the additional notes section that you ‘REQUIRE HCP’.

UBC: Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support Level C.

Douglas College: Standard First Aid & CPR Level C/HCP. You can register in LIT’s CPR Level C/AED. If registering online, please indicate in the additional notes section that you ‘REQUIRE HCP’.

Langara College: Standard First Aid & CPR Level C/AED.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Standard First Aid & CPR Level C/AED.

Disclaimer: The above information is current as of Feb 2015. You are strongly encouraged to confirm the admission requirements with your college or university, and the specific program you wish to enroll in.

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