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This course teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500 m timed swim.
This level is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more 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. Includes a timed 600 m swim.
National Lifeguard Standard
This certification is the industry standard for professional lifeguards in Canada. NLS guards are water rescue professionals trained in emergency care. They prevent accidents. They are trained to spot potential trouble and intervene before it becomes life-threatening. They identify hazards and determine safe practices. They educate the public about the hazards and risks associated with aquatic activities and how to be Water Smart.
Red Cross Swim@Camp
Red Cross Swim @ Camp is a participation-based swimming and water safety training program designed specifically for camps that allows entire groups of children or youth to participate at different levels of ability. The skills and knowledge in this program have been selected to prepare students to participate safely in aquatic activities. It can be offered as a stand-alone, water-based program (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced); a dry-land, classroom-based program (Water Safety Brain Games); or a combination of the two.
Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard
This course is a pre-requisite course to the professional lifeguard certification that teaches knowledge and practice of first aid, rescue skills, lifeguarding skills, safe behaviours, and how to be part of an elite team. This ensures youth are trained in prevention of injuries, not just in how to respond to them.
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor
The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids,
Red Cross Swim @ School, Red Cross Swim @ Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.
Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard Instructor
The Assistant Lifeguard Instructor (ALGI) Course prepares Water Safety Instructors to teach the Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard course. With the required prerequisites, candidates enter into our comprehensive Instructor Development Program, which is delivered in a blended learning format.
Red Cross Pool Lifeguard
This course offers professional lifeguard certification for pools and builds confident lifeguards to create safe, supervised aquatic areas. The course prepares lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and handle public relations in a professional manner. The candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete final skills and knowledge assessment.
Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard
This course offers professional lifeguard certification and prepares lifeguards to create safe, supervised aquatic areas for the waterfront environment. The course prepares lifeguards to prevent and respond to lifeguard emergencies, create a safe environment, work in teams, and handle public relations in a professional manner. The candidates are continuously evaluated throughout the course based on standard evaluation criteria and complete final skills and knowledge assessment.
Aquatic Safety Plan (Collaborative service provided by the Canadian Red Cross at no cost)
An Aquatic Safety Plan is a customized plan to ensure and enhance the health and safety of participants and staff. Red Cross has developed a template with guiding and actionable statements and resources to support Training Partners in completing their customized plan. It identifies safety protocols, ensures these are well documented, and provides a clear tool to create a collective understanding of the facility’s health and safety practices. More and more provinces are considering this plan as a requirement under health regulations, the latest to adopt this was British Columbia. While it is easy to see the risk management benefit, those who have taken the steps to build a plan have also identified shortcomings in their preparedness.