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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.

 

Fraser Valley 604.755.4672
Lower Mainland 604.536.6410

Bronze Star Lifesaving Course

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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 skills, problem-solving skills and decision-making in rescue situations.  This course will include a 400m Timed swim as part of the evaluation criteria that LITs experienced instructors will help students prepare for.

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

Bronze Medallion Lifesaving Course

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Bronze Medallion is the first of the required courses to become a certified Lifeguard.  This course is designed for 13 year olds and older (or candidates that have a Bronze Star certification already).  It will teach candidates to keep themselves safe around water and will give them skills to complete a rescue while keeping themselves safe.  This course combines First Aid, Water Rescue, Fitness and decision-making skills to not only challenge but energize any student.  This course includes a 500m Timed swim as part of the evaluation criteria that our instructors will help prepare you for.  The course includes a CPR Level A certification.  

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)

Bronze Cross Lifesaving Course

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Bronze Cross is the second of the required courses to become a certified lifeguard.  The course is designed for anyone that has completed their Bronze Medallion certification.  This course will build on the knowledge taught in the Bronze Medallion class and introduce infant choking and CPR skills along with Hypothermia and Secondary Survey skills.  This course includes a 600m Timed swim and includes a CPR Level C certification.  

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 is designed for candidates that are 13 years and older with the ability to swim.  Candidates will develop proficiency in First Aid, Water Rescue, Fitness and decision-making skills with a focus on performing low risk rescues.  This course will include a 600m Timed swim that our instructors will help prepare you for.  This course will also include a CPR Level A and CPR Level C certification.  

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.

(Courses can also be taken individually: Bronze Medallion ONLY or Bronze Cross ONLY)

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 build on knowledge learned in the Bronze and First Aid programs and ensure that candidates leave with a solid understanding of Lifeguard principles, communication techniques and develop solid judgement skills for emergency procedures.  Candidates will focus on team-work skills throughout the course and learn how to adapt to different aquatic facilities.  Upon successful completion of this course, candidates are considered an employable lifeguard and can also upgrade to an NL Waterpark certification required at some indoor swimming pools.

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

(NL Pool and Waterpark COMBO courses are also available)          

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 of a Waterpark environment.  This 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)          

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.  This course will ensure that candidates have the successful skills to be an employable lifeguard.  Candidates will develop judgement skills, communication skills and learn about Lifeguard principles for an indoor environment.  A large focus of the 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.

(Courses can also be taken individually: NL Pool Option OR NL Waterpark Option)

Water Safety Instructor Prep (Step 1)

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The Water Safety Instructor PREP is the first course in the Swimming Instructing stream.  This course will include all of the theory behind being a swimming instructor and includes 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.

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

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

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.***

This course must be completed within 6 months of the completion of the WSI PREP Course.

WSI PREP/Water Safety Instructor COMBO

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This 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.

** WSI is worth two grade 11 high school credits **

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 Bronze 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.

The LSI course (when combined with Bronze Cross) is worth a total of THREE (3) Grade 11 High School Credits.

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 include the following certifications:  Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid, National Lifeguard Pool Option, Assistant Water Safety Instructor 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.

Lifeguard School offered ONLY during the Summer Season.
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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