Leadership, safety and first aid programs


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Assistant Instructor

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. Candidates are required to provide proof of vaccination, government id and the City of Oshawa screening checkmark upon entry to every class.

Aquatic Supervisor

For deck-level supervisory staff, the Aquatic Supervisor course provides the knowledge and skills to manage a safe aquatic environment. Prerequisite: National Lifeguard or Swim Instructor or Lifesaving Instructor; and minimum 100 hours experience as a lifeguard and/or instructor.

Babysitter Course

This course is designed to teach the basics of caring for children from infants to school age. Participants learn what makes a great babysitter, how to maintain safety in various environments, and what to do in an emergency. The course also discusses how to find work, and keep yourself safe while being a babysitter.

Bronze Cross

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.

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

This Lifesaving Society course is the prerequisite for Bronze Cross. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 400 meter timed swim as well as basic first aid, CPR and victim assessment skills. Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age by exam date or Bronze Star Award.

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. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.

Junior Lifeguard in Training (JLT)

This class is an alternative to traditional test-sheetbased aquatic programs. The JLT stresses fun and aquatic skill development based on personal-best achievement. Building on skills they already have, JLT's work to develop and improve swimming and other aquatic skills with emphasis on: Swimming skills, Lifesaving skills, Lifesaving knowledge, Leadership & teamwork. Candidates must be comfortable in deep water and able to pass a swim test which consists of a 25 metre front crawl swim and treading water for 1 minute.

Lifesaving Society Instructor

Upon successful completion of this program, candidates will be able to instruct the following awards in the Lifesaving program: Canadian Swim Patrol program, Bronze Medal Awards, Waiting Pool Attendant and Emergency First Aid.
Prerequisite: Minimum 15 years of age by the exam date, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid from one of Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol

Lifesaving Swim Instructor

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course teaches candidates how to deliver the Society's Swim For Life program.

Lifesaving Swim/Instructor Combo

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor, Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills, to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in the Society's lifesaving and first aid awards. Upon successful completion candidates will receive three certifications.

National Lifeguard - Pool (Full Course and Recert)

As 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. The course 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 metre sprint challenge, 50 metre rescue drill, and 400 metre endurance challenge.
Prerequisites: Minimum 15 years of age by the exam date, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid from one of Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Ski Patrol.

Standard First Aid and CPR C (Full Course and Recert)

This course provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of Standard First Aid and CPR-C.

Standard First Aid Instructor

The Lifesaving Society’s First Aid Instructor course is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and resources required to organize, plan, and deliver Lifesaving Society First Aid awards up to and including Standard First Aid and CPR -A, -B, -C. Prerequisite: Minimum 16 years of age, Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid, or Standard First Aid from a training agency approved by the Ontario government. The list of approved agencies can be found at lifesavingsociety.com. Candidates will be required to complete a pre-course assignment - which must be picked up at the facility and completed prior to the Saturday class.