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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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BRONZE STAR LIFESAVING COURSE
Bronze Star is an action packed course full of First Aid, Water Rescue, Fitness and CPR Skills.  This course is designed for 8-12 year olds. Candidates will start to develop team-work and problem-solving skills, as well as decision-making in rescue situations. This course includes a 400m timed swim as part of the evaluation criteria. LITs experienced instructors will help students prepare for this component.

**If you are 13 or older, please register for Bronze Medallion, or Bronze Medallion/Cross Combo**

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Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course

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Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness – the four components 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 prerequisite for Assistant Lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.   This course has a timed swim of 400 meters in 12 minutes.

Course Manual will be required to be purchased from the instructor at some course locations.

(Combo courses featuring both Bronze Medallion and Cross are also available)

For information about COVID19 protocols, facility openings and award expiry extensions, please visit our Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3iAoa0q

Bronze Cross Lifesaving Course

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Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safety supervision.

The Lifesaving Society’s Bronze Cross begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as Assistant Lifeguards. 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 prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs. This course has a timed swim of 400 meters in 11 minutes.

This course is worth TWO (2) Grade 11 High School Credits and is the required pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard program.

(Combo courses featuring both Bronze Medallion and Cross are also available)

Bronze Medallion/Cross COMBO

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The Bronze Medallion/Cross Combo is designed for candidates that want to complete the first 2 courses of their Lifeguarding certifications in one compact course.  This course will start with Bronze Medallion in the first half and then move to a Bronze Cross course in the second half.  This course is designed for candidates that are 13 years and older with the ability to swim.  Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training.  Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies.  This course will include a 400 meter time swim.

The Bronze Cross portion of this course is worth TWO (2) Grade 11 High School Credits and is the required pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard program.

Course Manual will be required to be purchased from the instructor at some course locations.

National Lifeguard Pool Option

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The National Lifeguard course is the last course in the Lifeguard stream required at pools across Canada. This course will ensure that candidates leave with a solid understanding of lifeguard principles, communication techniques and develop solid judgement skills for emergency procedures. Candidates focus on team-work skills throughout the course and learn how to adapt to different aquatic facilities.

This course is worth two (2) Grade 12 High School Credits.

Course Manual and Supplies will be required to be purchased from the instructor at some course locations.

Standard First Aid certification are only accepted from the following agencies: Canadian Red Cross (all LIT Courses are Red Cross), St. John's Ambulance, Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke of Canada, Canadian Ski Patrol

(NL Pool and WP COMBO courses are also available)

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National Lifeguard Waterpark Option

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The National Lifeguard Waterpark certification is designed to take candidates with an NL Pool certification and prepare them for effective supervision in a Waterpark environment. The course will build on the knowledge that candidates have already obtained, and introduce them to waves, slide rescues, water currents, special water features and larger lifeguard teams. This course will also introduce the “pivot” guard system used at many larger facilities.

(NL Pool and Waterpark COMBO courses are also available)    

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National Lifeguard Pool/Waterpark Combo

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The NL Pool/Waterpark Combo is a jam-packed course designed for candidates that want to work at a larger facility that requires both NL Pool Option and NL Waterpark Option certifications. Candidates will develop judgement skills, communication skills and learn about lifeguard principles for an indoor environment. A large focus of this course is on emergency procedures and fitness skills.

The NL Pool portion of this course is worth TWO (2) Grade 12 High School Credits.

Course Manual and Supplies will be required to be purchased from the instructor at some course locations.

Standard First Aid certifications are only accepted from the following agencies: Canadian Red Cross (all LIT Courses are Red Cross), St. John's Ambulance, Lifesaving Society, Heart and Stroke of Canada, Canadian Ski Patrol

For information about COVID19 protocols, facility openings and award expiry extensions, please visit our Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3iAoa0q

Water Safety Instructor Prep (Step 1)

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The Water Safety Instructor Prep is the first course in the Swimming Instructor certification.  This course includes all of the theory behind being a swimming instructor as well as teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, swimming progressions, communication, safety supervision and water safety. Candidates will be required to perform swimming strokes to a Swim Kids 10 standard by the last day of the course. For completion, candidates will complete a Skill Screen Component, an Online Component, and a Teaching Experience Component.

* We recommend bringing a tablet or laptop to all classes**

Water Safety Instructor (Step 2) must be completed within 6 months of the completion of this course.

WSI PREP courses are moving to COMBO ONLY courses in March 2020.

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Water Safety Instructor (Step 2)

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The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) is the final course in the Swimming Instructing stream.  It is designed to build on the previous knowledge learned in the WSI PREP course and introduce candidates to the specific programs that they will be teaching.  Course instruction will include lesson planning, effective evaluation and Swim Preschool, Swim Kids and Teens/Adults programs.  Other topics will include instructional emergency response skills and continued development of progressions, drills and teaching strategies.  Candidates will complete a Core course component in addition to a Peer Teaching components.

WSI is worth two grade 11 high school credits.

***If you have taken WSI Step 1 with another organization (not LIT) please contact us to ensure equivalency as courses may differ in other municipalities.***

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WSI PREP/Water Safety Instructor COMBO

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This 40+ hour all inclusive course covers the requirements of completing the WSI Certification (Screen, Teaching Experience, Online component and Pool/Classroom component).  Candidates will learn the foundation of instructional skills including teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback. Candidates are evaluated during eight hours of assistant teaching and through individual study assignments. Upon successful completion, candidates are certified as Water Safety Instructors. To remain valid, Water Safety Instructor status must be recertified every two years. Bring a bathing suit, towel, pen, paper and lunch.

**Bring a tablet or laptop**

For information about COVID19 protocols, facility openings and award expiry extensions, please visit our Facebook post: https://bit.ly/2UW07Qr

Lifesaving Instructor

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Develop your teaching skills and passion for First Aid and Water rescue by becoming a certified Lifesaving Instructor.  This course will train candidates to teach and evaluate Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Cross levels and also introduce them to the Lifesaving for the Lay Rescuer and Lifesaving for Backyard Pool Owners program.  Candidates are trained in the different types and ages of learners and how to develop interactive classes.  Lesson planning, class management and safety supervision are also a focus of this course.

Course Cost includes:
$140 manual fee (including shipping)
$60 agency fee

***This course will have a mandatory co-teach to complete certification***

Mandatory Online Course required prior to Day 1 can be completed here: https://lifesavingsocietybcyk.thinkific.com/courses/lifesaving-instructor-online-module

Registration in this course must be done a MINIMUM of 1 week prior to the start date.  No refund for manual fee if withdrawing.

Lifeguard School

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Let us take you from start to finish with all the required courses to become a fully certified Lifeguard.  Candidates of the lifeguard school will take courses that include the following certifications:  Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid, National Lifeguard Pool Option, and Water Safety Instructor.  

This program is offered ONLY during the summer months.  During other months you can register for each course individually to work with your schedule.

Course Manual and Supplies will be required to be purchased from the instructor at some course locations.

**Recommended to bring a tablet or laptop to all WSI Combo classes**

Lifeguard School offered ONLY during the Summer Season.

For information about COVID19 protocols, facility openings and award expiry extensions, please visit our Facebook post: https://bit.ly/3iAoa0q
How to Become a Lifeguard  
Please click on the course badges below to view a list of lifeguard courses and register.

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