Aquatic Leadership Courses

General Information

  • All fees listed include manuals and exam fees.
  • 100% attendance and participation is required.
  • Candidates must turn the identified age prior to the end of the course.
  • For participants not residing in the City of Hamilton, a non-resident surcharge fee of $14.75, will be added to the program.
  • Cheques returned with non-sufficient funds (NSF) or for any other reason, will be charged a $32.95 NSF fee.
  • Refunds for Aquatic Leadership Courses will only be issued if a request has been received 5 business days prior to the first day of the course. After that time and up to the start of the first class you will receive a prorated refund deducting one (1) class and requires approval. No refunds will be issued once the course begins. Course material and Lifesaving Society Exam Fees are non-refundable.
  • Unsuccessful candidates will be required to register and repeat a full course.
  • Classes over 5 hours in length will include a 1 hour lunch break.

Programs run April to December 2017
Register through RecConnect Online Registration 
For more information, call 905-546-2424 ext. 1763

Prerequisites

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct prerequisites prior to registering in the course.

Candidates are required to show proof of prerequisites held on the first day of the course, or the candidate will be withdrawn from the course. As per the refund policy, withdrawals on the first day of the course or thereafter will not be eligible for a credit refund.

Pocket masks are required for all Aquatic Leadership Courses. One can be purchased at any Recreation Centre (except Jimmy Thompson Pool). Pocket masks must be
purchased prior to the start of the first class.

Check your qualifications online
Don't get turned away at the first class! Check and print out your awards at lifesavingsociety.com

  1. Click on the “Find a Member” link.
  2. Fill in your membership number and click on “Get Certifications”. You can find your membership number on the bottom of your certification card.
  3. Print out the record and bring it with you to your first class.

What to bring the first day

Original pre-requisite certifications are mandatory as listed and must be presented on the first day of the course, along with a birth certificate. Photocopies of the same are retained at the host facility. 

What to bring to every class

  • Bathing suit, towel and whistle needed for pool portions.
  • Pocket mask (available for purchase).
  • Notebook/ paper, pens, food/ drink
  • Required manuals
  • In some instances, pre-course assignments will be assigned before the first day of the course.

City of Hamilton Recreation: Aquatic Leadership Course Guide

2017 Aquatic Leadership Guide (PDF, 1.95 MB)

 

Aquatic Leadership Courses
 

First Aid courses

The Standard First Aid course provides you with in-depth training and understanding of all aspects of first aid and CPR. You will develop skills to help you handle the medical and legal aspects of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies. The course includes CPR-C certification and Automated External Defibrillation (AED). It is recognized by Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

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Bronze Medal Awards

The Bronze Star course prepares you for success in Bronze Medallion course. You will develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. You will learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be a lifeguard. The course includes a timed 400 metre swim.

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The Bronze medallion course teaches you lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. You will learn tows and carries, defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. You will develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed 500 metre swim.

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The Bronze Cross course is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of 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. This course includes a timed 600 metre swim.

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Aquatic Leadership Courses

National Lifeguard course 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 NL Core Content to train lifeguards in safety supervision and rescue in a pool environment.

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The SEE Auditor course is designed to give participants the knowledge, training and tools required to evaluate the effectiveness of lifeguard and instructor supervision using Lifesaving Society SEE checklists.

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Instructor Courses

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Assistant Instructor course prepares you to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. You are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while mastering basic progressions. Roles and responsibilities of instructors and assistants are emphasized.

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The Combined Swim and Lifesaving Instructor course prepares you to teach and evaluate swim strokes and skills using a variety of teaching methods. You will develop a wide range of stroke improvement drills and correction techniques. Successful participants will be able to teach the Lifesaving Learn to Swim Levels (up to Swimmer 9), Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Basic and Emergency First Aid.

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Advanced Instructors
The Advanced Instructor Course provides additional training for instructors who wish to teach advanced awards such as National Lifeguard and Standard First Aid. 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. Award does not expire.

  • Prerequisite: Lifesaving Instructors.

Examiner Standards Clinic
This clinic focuses on the evaluation of Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. After completing this clinic, the Lifesaving Society Branch appoints Lifesaving Instructors as examiners only after successfully completing co-examinations with an experienced examiner of the awards they wish to examine.

  • Prerequisite: Current Lifesaving Society Instructors, plus experience instructing the award the candidate wishes to examine.

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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.

  • Prerequisite: Standard First Aid, Lifesaving Instructor and Advanced Instructor certifications

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The National Lifeguard Instructor Course provides candidates with an understanding of the principles and practices on which the National Lifeguard program is based. The course explores teaching approaches and techniques appropriate for National Lifeguard candidates.

  • Prerequisite: National Lifeguard (any option), Lifesaving Instructor and Advanced Instructor certifications (need not be current)

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The Swim Synchro program is a routine-based synchronized swimming program for aquatics instructors to teach synchro lessons at the community level.

  • Prerequisite: 13 years or older (recommended Bronze Star and up).

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The program teaches interested candidates to become Diving Instructors by emphasizing having fun while diving and encourages divers to follow logical progressions when learning new dives. The program also stresses dive safety.

  • Prerequisite: 14 years of age or older.

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Sport Fitness Courses

A great workout for children 6 to 12 years. Ideal for those looking to improve their endurance. Program will consist of starts, turns, strokes, drills, how to read the pace clock. Must be able to swim 25m to 50m continuously.

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A great workout for youth and adults. Develops competitive strokes and improves endurance. Must be able to swim 25m to 50m continuously.

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Re-certification Courses

The Standard First Aid re-certification course 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: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, abdominal and chest injuries, burns and medical emergencies.

  • Prerequisite: Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR-C

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This course is designed to test the candidate’s lifeguarding skills in order to maintain current certification at the NL level. Pool National Lifeguard certification is current for two years and is recertified by completing an NL recertification exam. The NL recertification exam is your opportunity to demonstrate your NL skills and recertify your award. You are responsible for reviewing the required content and skills and preparing yourself for the exam. The exam is based on the NL award recertification curriculum. Candidates should bring Alert Manual, a whistle, and proof of prerequisite (previous NL).

  • Prerequisite: Proof of original National Lifeguard certification

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