Advanced Leadership Programs

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Advanced Leadership programs provide a practical and hands-on approach to enable individuals to learn new skills and apply existing knowledge to be at the forefront of aquatic and leadership roles. Types of programs offered:

AQUATIC LEADERSHIP COURSES

  • Bronze Medal Awards
  • National Lifeguard Recert
  • Swim for Fitness

INSTRUCTOR COURSES

  • Life Saving Society Assistant Instructor
  • Life Saving Society Combined Swim, Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor
  • Lifesaving Society Examiner

FIRST AID COURSES

  • Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR C
  • Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR C Recert

LEADERSHIP COURSES

  • HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD)
  • Recreation Leader in Training 13-16 years
  • Returning Leader in Training (volunteer refresher) 13-17 years

COACHING COURSES

  • Making Ethical Decisions (MED)
  • Planning a Practice (PAP)
  • Basic Mental Skills (BMS)
  • All fees listed include manuals and exam fees. – verify in description
  • 100% attendance and participation is required for all Advanced Leadership Programs, with the exception of LIT.
  • Candidates must turn the identified age by the last day of the course or exam.
  • Classes over 5 hours in length will include a 30 minute to 1-hour lunch break
  • 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 Candidates are required to show proof of prerequisites held on the first day of the course, or the candidate will be withdrawn from the course.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.
  • Pre-requisite certifications are mandatory as listed and must be presented on the first day of the course, along with a proof of age.
  • Pocket masks are required for all Aquatic Leadership Courses. One can be purchased at any Recreation Centre (call ahead for availability). Pocket masks must be purchased prior to the start of the first class.
 

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

 

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

To view and download/print your award:

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

Bronze Star

Bronze Star develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts.
Course Length:
Recommended Prerequisite: Swimmer 9
Format: Pool
Course Manual: None
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Bronze Medallion with Emergency First Aid

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.

Course Length: 22.5hrs
Prerequisite: 13 years old or Bronze Star Format: Pool, Lecture and Practical Exam
Course Manuals: Canadian Lifesaving Manual & Bronze Medallion Workbook (included in fee)
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Bronze Cross

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.

Course Length: 22.5 hrs
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid Certification
Format: Pool, Lecture and Practical Exam
Course Manuals: Canadian Lifesaving Manual (not included in fee) & Bronze Cross Workbook (included in fee)
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National Lifeguard (pool option)

National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard training emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment. Candidates develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.

Course Length: 40hrs
Prerequisite: 15 years old, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR-C (need not be current, but must be issued from Lifesaving Society approved organization)
Format: Pool, Lecture and Practical Exam
Course Manual: Alert Manual (included in fee)
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National Lifeguard RECERT (pool option)

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 2 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.

Course Length: 5hrs
Prerequisite: Proof of Original National Lifeguard certification.
Format: Pool
Course Manual: Alert Manual (not included)
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Combined Swim, Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

The Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor course prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society’s lifesaving and first aid awards. Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid

Instructors are certified to teach Canadian Swim Patrol Program, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross as well as Basic and Emergency First Aid, CPR-A-B-C. They may also teach Boat Rescue, Junior Lifeguard Club, Lifesaving Fitness and Wading pool Attendant. Successful candidates of the Swim, Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor course receive three certification cards: Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor.

Course Length: 40hrs (does not include lunch break)
Prerequisite: 15 years old, Bronze Cross (Assistant Instructors qualification recommended)
Format: Pool and Lecture
Course Manual: Swim and Lifesaving Instructor PAC (Included in fee)
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Standard First Aid with CPR-C

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 Defibrillation (AED). Recognized by Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board.

Course Length: 16 hours (does not include lunch break)
20% discounted rate of course fees (excludes manual and exam fees) for youth (under 18) and older adults (over 55)
Format: Lecture
Course Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual (included in fee)
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Standard First Aid RECERT with CPR C

Current Standard First Aid (SFA) award holders may recertify their Lifesaving Society SFA certification just once on a Lifesaving Society SFA Recertification Course not more than 3 years from the SFA date of issue. To renew SFA certifications LIFESAVING SOCIETY subsequently, award holders must repeat the full SFA Course. Individuals may renew by alternating recertification and original courses. Holders of SFA certificates from other agencies may not recertify their certificate on a Lifesaving Society recertification course. They may recertify only with the original certifying agency.

Course Length: 8hrs (does not include lunch break)
20% discounted rate of course fees (excludes manual and exam fees) for youth (under 18) and older adults (over 55)
Prerequisite: Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR-C.
Format: Lecture
Course Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual (not included).
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Lifesaving Society Examiner (virtual) 

The examiner course is the first step in the three-step process to be appointed as an examiner for the Lifesaving Society, and prepares candidates to successfully apprentice as an examiner on the exam of their choice. The examiner course builds on the evaluation experience that candidates have attained in the instructor-evaluated content.

Course Length: 6 hours
Prerequisite: Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor or First Aid Instructor or National Lifeguard Instructor
Course Manual: Lifesaving Society Examiner Handbook, Bronze Medal Award Guide or First Aid Awards Guide or National Lifeguard Award Guide (not included).
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Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructors 

The Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor course prepares candidates to teach Basic First Aid, Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, CPR A-B-C, and AED.

Course Length: 20 hours
Prerequisite: Standard First Aid with CPR C Certification.
Course Manual: Canadian First Aid Manual, First Aid Instructor Resource CD and First Aid Award Guide
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