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Email: recreation@hamilton.ca
Phone: 905-546-3747

Aquatic Leadership and Re-Certification Courses

Courses available include Aquatic Leadership Courses, Bronze Medal Award Courses, Re-Certification Courses, Specialty Certification Courses.   Listed below are descriptions of the various programs. Not all courses are offered each season.

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Leadership Course Information and Descriptions

First Aid Courses

  • Emergency First Aid with CPR B
    Pre-Requisite: None
    Emergency First Aid is for people who want a general knowledge of first aid principles and the emergency treatment of injuries. Skills include: victim assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking and what to do for external bleeding, heart attack and stroke. Includes CPR-B certification and Automated External Defribillation (AED). Recognized by Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.
    Format: Lecture
    Course Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual
  • Standard First Aid with CPR C
    Pre-Requisite: None
    Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Standard First Aid incorporates all of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: medical/legal aspects of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C certification and Automated External Defribillation (AED). Recognized by Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.
    Format: Lecture
    Course Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual

Bronze Medal Awards

  • Bronze Star
    Pre-Requisite: Recommend Swimmer 9 (Star Patrol).
    Excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.
    Format: Pool and Lecture + ongoing evaluation
    Course Manual: None
  • Bronze Medallion
    Pre-Requisite: 13 years old or Bronze Star.
    Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed swim.
    Format: Pool and Lecture + Exam
    Course Manual: Canadian Lifesaving Manual
  • Bronze Cross
    Pre-Requisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid Award.
    Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes a timed 600 m swim.
    Format: Pool and Lecture + Exam
    Course Manual: Canadian Lifesaving Manual

Aquatic Leadership Courses

  • National Lifeguard (NL)
    Pre-Requisite: 16 years old, Bronze Cross (need not be current), and Standard First Aid
    The Lifesaving Society's National Lifeguard teaches the basic principles of lifeguarding in any aquatic situation. The National Lifeguard Pool option builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge, and values taught in the NLS Core Content to train lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.
    Format: Pool, Lecture, and Practical Exam
    Course Manual: Alert Manual
  • Assistant Instructor Course
    Pre-Requisite: 14 years old, Bronze Cross
    Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor Course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized.
    Format: Pool and Lecture. (includes 10 hours of assistant teaching)
    Course Material: None
  • Combined Swim and Lifesaving Instructor Course
    Pre-Requisite: 16 years old, Bronze Cross, and prefer Assistant Instructors qualification
    The Swim & Lifesaving Instructors Course prepares candidates to teach and evaluate strokes & skills using a variety of teaching methods. They will develop a wide range of stroke improvement drills and correction techniques. Successful participants Will be able to teach the Life Saving Learn to Swim Levels (up to Swimmer 9), Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross as well as Basic & Emergency First Aid.
    Format: Pool and Lecture
    Course Material: Swim Instructor PAC
  • Advanced Instructors Course
    Pre-Requisite: Lifesaving Instructors
    The Advanced Instructor Course provides additional training for instructors who wish to teach the advanced awards such as National Lifeguard, Standard First Aid and Boat Operator Accredited Training. The course covers: principles of planning; teaching adults; methods of presentation; how to use audio-visual aids; running a course including evaluation procedures and guidelines for apprentices. Recommended 2 years experience instructing Bronze Awards and Bronze Cross Examiner. Award does not expire.
    Format: Lecture
    Course Material: None
  • Examiners Standards Clinic
    Pre-Requisite: Lifesaving Instructor
    Upon completion of this course and required co‐exams, candidates will be examiners to
    Bronze Cross level. Candidates must have a current LSS Lifesaving Instructor award as well as awards they wish to be appointed to examine. Recommended 2 years experience instructing Bronze Awards and Bronze Cross Examiner. Candidates must bring their Bronze Medals Award Guide, bathing suit and paper with pen. Award does not expire.
    Format: Lecture and Pool
    Course Material: None
  • Aquatic Supervisory Training
    Pre-Requisite: National Lifeguard or Lifesaving Society Instructor (Swim or Lifesaving) certifications (need not be current); and 100 hr. experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor.
    AST candidates will learn provincial regulations, legal responsibilities, facility management and supervisory skills needed for the ‘in-charge’ deck staff.
    Format: Lecture
    Course Material: Ontario Health Regulations and Alert Manual
  • First Aid Instructors Course
    Pre-Requisite:
    Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid and Lifesaving Instructor and Advanced Instructor certifications (need not be current).
    The NLS Instruct The Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor course prepares candidates to teach first aid courses up to and including Standard First Aid and CPR-A, -B, -C.
    Format: Lecture
    Course Materials: First Aid Award Guide
  • National Lifeguard Instructors Course
    Pre-Requisite: National Lifeguard (any option) andLifesaving Instructor and Advanced Instructor certification s (need not be current).
    The NLS Instructor Course provides candidates with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the NLS program is based. The course explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for NLS candidates. Format: Lecture.
    Course Materials: National Lifeguard Service Instructor Pac

Specialty Certification Courses

  • Diving Instructor Pre-Level 1
    Pre-Requisite: None
    The program teaches interested candidated how to emphasize having fun while diving and encourages the divers to follow logical progressions when learning new dives. The program also stresses dive safety.
    Format: Pool and Lecture
    Course Materials: None
  • Pleasure Craft Operator
    Pre-Requisite: 8 years old
    Everyone operating a small powerboat must have their PCO card by 2009.There will be a 20 minute video shown previous to writing the exam which covers the boater responsibilities, the rules of the road, and how to prevent and respond in a boating emergency. Must score 75% on the exam. There is no expiry date for PCO card.
    Format: Class room exam
    Course Materials: Boat Study Guide
  • WaterArt Aquafit Instructor
    Pre-Requisite: 16 years old and Standard First Aid
    Learn how to teach aquatic fitness classes for all ages and abilities, and become a certified Water Fitness Instructor. Includes a practical and written theory exam.
    Format: Pool and Lecture
    Course Materials: None

Re-Certification Courses

  • Standard First Aid with CPR C Recertification
    Pre-Requisite: None
    Standard First Aid Recertification incorporates all of Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: medical/legal aspects of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies. Includes CPR-C certification and Automated External Defribillation (AED). Recognized by Ontario's Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.
    Format: Lecture
    Course Manual: None
  • National Lifeguard Re-certification
    Pre-Requisite: Proof of original NLS certification.
    This course is designed to test the candidate’s lifeguarding skills in order to maintain current certification at the NLS level. Pool National Lifeguard Service certification is current for 2 years and is recertified by completing an NLS recertification exam. The NLS recertification exam is your opportunity to demonstrate your NLS skills and recertify your award. You are responsible for reviewing the required content and skills and preparing yourself for the exam. Your exam is based on the NLS Award curriculum. The required content for this curriculum can be found in your Alert text and the Canadian Lifesaving Manual. Candidates should bring Alert, a whistle, and proof of prerequisite (previous NLS).
    Format: Pool and Lecture
    Course Material: Alert Manual
  • WaterArt Aquafit Instructor Recertification
    Pre-Requisite: 16 years old
    This course can be used for credits towards re-certification of WaterArt Aquafit Instructors
    Format: Pool and Lecture.
    Course Materials: None