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Ages 18+

AEC Instructor

AEC Instructors / Examiners teach and evaluate first aid skills in both aquatic and non-aquatic environments. AEC Instructors deliver the Society's Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care, CPR, and Oxygen Administration programs. Candidates are required to complete an apprenticeship after the course. Includes Lifesaving CPR Instructor / Examiner certification. Award is current for two years from date of exam.

Certification Process:

  1. Complete the AEC Instructor / Examiner application form and submit to the Lifesaving Society for approval.
  2. Upon approval, attend an AEC Instructor / Examiner Clinic.
  3. Under the supervision of an experienced AEC Instructor, co-teach 1 AEC Course.
  4. Submit completed instructor monitoring form to the Lifesaving Society.
  5. Application Prerequisites: Current AEC Award / Current Lifesaving Instructor / Examiner Award.

Automated External Defibrillator

An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a small, portable device which analyzes a heart's rhythm and prompts a user to deliver a defibrillation shock if it determines one is needed. An AED can increase the chances of a patient's survival in a heart related event. AED's are now readily available in all recreation and other public facilities, and are now available to the public through retailers. This course prepares a candidate for all aspects of its use.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.

Ages 18+

Automated External Defibrillator Instructor

Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Instructor course prepares instructors to teach and evaluate the skills necessary for the operation of an automated external defibrillator. Award is current for two years from date of exam.

Prerequisites: One of current Lifesaving Instructor, Lifesaving CPR Instructor, Lifesaving First Aid Instructor or AEC Instructor.

Bronze Cross

Ages: 13+ years

Learn the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures and how to rescue spinal injured victims and pulseless persons.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.

Bronze Medallion

Ages: 13+ years

Learn rescue tows, carries and how to respond to complex resuscitation situations involving conscious and unconscious victims with an obstructed airway. Develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a time swim.

Prerequisites: 13 years-old or completion of a Bronze Star.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.

Bronze Star

All Ages

This course is the preparation for Bronze Medallion. The focus is on developing the four components of water rescue education; judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness.

Completion of Swim Patrol is recommended.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.

Lifesaving Instructor

Ages: 16+ years

Lifesaving Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Topics include approaches to teach water rescue, first aid, and aquatic skills in the lifesaving program.

Prerequisites: Current Bronze Cross or higher and 16 years-old or older.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.

Ages 18+

National Lifeguard Service Instructor

This course allows you to teach National Lifeguard Award. Application must be submitted to the Lifesaving Society before registrating in this course.

National Lifeguard and Aquatic Emergency Care

Ages: 16+ years

National Lifeguard Service (NLS) is recognized as the standard measurement in lifeguard performance in Canada. NLS is designed to develop an understanding of lifeguard principles, good judgment, and a mature responsible attitude towards the role of a lifeguard.

Aquatic Emergency Care (AEC) is designed to provide the candidate with the first aid skills, knowledge, judgment, and confidence to provide medical assistance to anyone in need.

Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, a current Standard First Aid award, and 16 years-old or older.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.


Red Cross Assistant Water Safety Instructor

Ages: 15+ years

This course introduces candidates to the foundation of instructional skill by focusing on the theoretical knowledge that supports learning and teaching. This course guides the knowledge and skill needed to become an AWSI, by focusing on teaching methods, learning styles, physical principles, progressions, communication, safety supervision and feedback.

100% attendance is mandatory for completion of this course.

Prerequisites: Candidates must have the ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids 10 strokes and skills. Candidates must be 15-years or older to enter the program.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.


Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Ages: 16+ years

This course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim Kids program. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop swimming and water safety skills in the Red Cross Swim Kids, preschool, and adult program curriculums. The course is 25 hours in duration and includes an additional 12 hour practicum.

Prerequisites: Assistant Water Safety Instructor, and 16-years or older by course completion.

100% attendance is mandatory for completion of course.

Note: Additional fees for course manuals and exam fees may be in effect. Inquire upon registration.


Swim Patrol

Ages: 6-16 years

Lifesaving Society's Swim Patrol is a 3 level (Rookie, Ranger and Star) pre-Bronze progression where participants focus on water proficiency, first aid, and water rescue skills. Previous exposure to the whip kick would be an advantage. Physical conditioning and lifesaving judgement are areas that are also stressed.

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