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LIFEGUARD/INSTRUCTOR COURSES

 

SPLASH INTO AN EXCITING AQUATIC CAREER!

LIT offers the full range of required lifeguard courses taught by experienced and inspired instructors. Candidates as young as nine can start building their aquatic careers with prerequisite classes. Click on the individual course badges below to get started.

Learn more about the Lifeguard certification process by checking out our handy diagram.

 

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Bronze Star Lifesaving Course

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The Bronze Star Lifesaving Course is the pre-Bronze Medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. During the Bronze Star Lifeguard Course, candidates develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as individuals and in partners. They learn self-rescue techniques, in-water searches, CPR, water rescue skills and first aid. Candidates also develop stroke endurance and lifesaving fitness skills.

Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course

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The Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education – judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defence and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. The Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course includes the CPR-A certification.

Bronze Cross Lifesaving Course

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The Bronze Cross Lifesaving Course is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities. Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies, while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills. The Bronze Cross Lifesaving Course includes the CPR-C certification and is one of the pre-requisite awards for all advanced Lifeguarding and Leadership training programs.  This course is worth 2 Grade 11 High School credits.

Bronze Medallion Cross Combo

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The Bronze Medallion Cross Combo Lifesaving Course teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education – judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defence and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. The Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course includes the CPR-A certification. The Bronze Cross Lifesaving Course includes the CPR-C certification and is one of the pre-requisite awards for all advanced Lifeguarding and Leadership training programs.  This course is worth 2 Grade 11 credits.

National Lifeguard Pool Option

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Description: Recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguarding performance in Canada, the NLS Pool option develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and communication skills, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. The NLS lifeguard’s primary role is to prevent injuries (and when necessary, effectively manage emergencies) and to facilitate a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience. NLS training develops the basic lifeguarding skills needed to adapt to different aquatic facilities and situations. Please bring your Bronze Cross award (or temporary card), Standard First Aid certificate (recommended within the last 2-years), bathing suit/towel, pen/paper and lunch.  NLS is worth 2 grade 12 High School credits.

National Lifeguard Waterpark Option

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The National Lifeguard Waterpark certification is designed to develop the lifeguarding skills, principles and practices, and the decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision in waterpark environments. It builds on the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness developed in the NL Pool certification.

National Lifeguard Pool/Waterpark COMBO

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The NLS Pool and Waterpark contains both the NLS Pool option & NLS Waterpark option. Recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguarding performance in Canada, the NLS program develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and communication skills, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. The NLS lifeguard’s primary role is to prevent injuries (and when necessary, effectively manage emergencies) and to facilitate a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience. NLS training develops the basic lifeguarding skills needed to adapt to different aquatic facilities and situations. Students will learn techniques necessary to supervise waterparks and facilites with leisure park features. This course in worth 2 Grade 12 credits.

Water Safety Instructor PREP (Step 1)

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This required 24 hour course will evaluate candidates on Swim Kids 10 Strokes and skills needed to become a Water Safety Instructor.  It will also work through the on-line WSI to prepare candidates for the WSI Pool and Classroom.


The course will also include the 8 hours co-teach component needed before registering for WSI pool and classroom.  Also included is the required evaluation of the Instructional Emergency Response Skills.

Water Safety Instructor (Step 2)

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This 20 hour course follows the WSI Prep course (or equivalent) and furthers instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach, and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Programs. Candidates will take their knowledge and experience from the WSI Prep program (teaching experience / online assignments) and prepare to take on their first Red Cross Swim Programs.

Candidates will also complete a variety of practice-teaching exercises teaching their peer candidates.
  
Successful completion of this program will certify candidates as a Water Safety Instructor for ONE (1) Year with the ability to extend for an additional year at no cost with an online course

WSI PREP/Water Safety Instructor COMBO

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This ALL INCLUSIVE course takes candidates through all the requirements to becoming a Water Safety Instructor.

The course will start with the components of the WSI PREP course, which include stroke correction and evaluation, 8 hours of hands on Teaching Experience and a walk-through of the required online components.

Candidates will then take the knowledge into the second half of the course where they will further their instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach, and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Programs. Candidates will also complete a variety of practice-teaching exercises teaching their peers where they will develop an expertise in running effective classes with an emphasis on Feedback and Safety Supervision.
  
Successful completion of this program will certify candidates as a Water Safety Instructor for ONE (1) Year with the ability to extend for an additional year at no cost with an online course.

WSI Stroke PREP (Optional)

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This optional course is designed for candidates to work on achieving a Swim Kids 10 stroke level prior to the start of their WSI Prep course.  Candidates will be taken through the progressions for Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Breaststroke and Sidestroke and will receive recommendations on further drills to complete to be prepared for the next steps in the WSI process.

Candidates who are ready to proceed into the Instructional courses should sign up for the Water Safety Instructor Prep course, which will also include this stroke module.

Lifesaving Instructor

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Lifesaving Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, and Lifesaving for Adults, and teach Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Senior Resuscitation and Distinction. Candidates are trained in the aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid, and related aquatic skills in the lifesaving program. Instructor candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision, and the principles of evaluation. This introductory instructor level is the base for all other instructor certifications. Please bring your Bronze Cross award (or temporary card), bathing suit/towel, pen/paper and lunch.

Lifeguard School

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Our Lifeguard School is designed for candidates to achieve all the programs required to become a lifeguard. The Lifeguard School includes the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross certificate, Standard First Aid, National Lifeguard Service Award, Assistant Water Safety Instructors and Water Safety Instructors.
How to Become a Lifeguard  
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