Lifeguards and Leadership
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Lifeguards and Leadership

sam lifeguard.JPGLook into the exciting world of aquatics as a part time career with a difference. As a lifeguard/instructor in aquatics you may secure a great summer job and a part time position while you attend school. Before you register, please check the pre-requisites!

100 percent attendance is required to fulfill leadership course requirements.​

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Step One

Bronze Star
This course will help prepare you for Bronze Medallion by working on your swimming Skills and rescue abilities.  This course is not a pre-requisite for Bronze Medallion. Ages: 12 and up

Bronze Medallion/Emergency First Aid/CPR B - 100% attendance required
Everything starts here with the first class in the Lifesaving Society's Leadership Program. This course develops a timed swim fitness component and  introduces decision making and judgment skills. It also teaches responses to complex water rescue situations. The First Aid and CPR component covers a general knowledge of First Aid principals and emergency treatment of injuries. Skills to be learned will include victim assessment, resuscitation skills, CPR, choking and what to do for internal bleeding, heart attack and stroke. Must be 13 years old. Ages: 13 and up

Step Two

Bronze Cross - 100% attendance required
The program challenges Life Savers with more advanced training and introduces safe supervision in aquatic facilities, the principles of teamwork, procedures and uses of special equipment. The difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding is introduced. Students begin to work as a supervisory team of guards and they gain experience in rescue simulations. Spinal injury management techniques are also covered. Bronze Cross is a pre-requisite for all advanced training including NLS and Instructor certifications. Pre-requisites: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid/CPR B and 14 years of age.

Assistant Water Safety Instructor - 100% attendance required
This is the pre-requisite to becoming a Red Cross Swimming Instructor. Many important teaching techniques are introduced in this course. Students use their own creativity as they learn to design exciting and educational swimming lessons. Strong emphasis is placed on safety supervision. Pre-requisite: 15 years of age plus extra hours required outside of class.

Step Three

Standard First Aid and CPR C

This course provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR Basic Rescuer (Level C). It is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including legal implications of first aid and treatment, spinal injuries, heat and cold injuries, burns and medical emergencies. Incorporates all of Emergency First Aid. This course is a pre-requisite for NLS. Ages: 12 years and up.
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) - 100% attendance required
This course is the key qualification in the Lifesaving Society's program. The course emphasizes teamwork, leadership and communication in the prevention of accidents and treatment of medical emergencies. Once a student earns the NLS certification in either the pool or waterfront he or she is legally recognized and employable in a lifeguarding position. Pre-requisites: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid, CPR and 16 years of age.

Step Four

RC/LS Instructor and LS Swim Instructor - 100% attendance required
 Work with experienced instructor trainers from both the Canadian Red Cross and the Lifesaving Society. The teaching techniques which were first introduced in Assistant Water Safety Instructor course are refined and reinforced. Perfected performance of all stroke mechanics and safety skills are a key requirement. Pre-requisites: Bronze Cross, AWSI, 16 years of age and 12 hours teaching experience.

Examiners Standard Clinic
Must be an experience instructor and hold a current Lifesaving Instructor award. Pre-requisite: Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, 16 years of age.

Aquatic Supervisor Training
Prepares potential relief co-ordinators to direct and supervise support staff. Course includes leadership skills, important report writing and record keeping skills, monitoring and recording of all data relating to efficient facility supervision. Pre-requisites: Current NLS or current LSS Instructor and at least 100 hours of aquatic experience, 16 years of age.

Advanced Instructor
Advanced Instructors is for those instructors who have taught for two years or more. These instructors will be able to take courses to teach advanced leadership classes such as NLS, Instructors, First Aid and more.
Pre-requisite: Current Lifesaving Instructor, 16 years of age.

Proof of original award (award card) must be shown to the examiner at the time of the re-certification. For NLS, a current CPR card is also necessary. Please ensure you have your cards. Failure to provide this verification will prevent testing.

Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre
401 Pitt Street West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
N9A 0B2
Phone: 519-974-AQUA (2782)
For general information, call 311.

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