Bronze Medallion (15 hr.):
The Lifesaving Society’s 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. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.
Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification.
Instruction and certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors teach and evaluate most items, but only Bronze Examiners may certify candidates.
Required references: Canadian Lifesaving Manual
Cost: $110 + $48 (CLM)
Monday - Friday August 9th - August 13th 10:30-1:30pm
Exam: Aug 16th 9:30am-1:30pm
Bronze Cross (20 hr.): Sept 7th - September 11th
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.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Lifesaving Society Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid
Standard First Aid (16 hr.): Sept 5th & Sept 6th
Includes CPR-C certification. Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid. Standard First Aid incorporates Emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, chest injuries, and medical emergencies. Standard First Aid certification is a prerequisite to National Lifeguard.
Required references: Canadian First Aid Manual ($15)
Woodcrest pool uses the Red Cross Swim Kids platform to teach lessons throughout the summer. Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10 level stand alone program for 5-12 year old children. We also offer pre-school swim lessons for our younger members. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success. The program teaches competitive and survival strokes, as well as increasing the distance and speed that each swimmer can achieve, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around water.
Our swim lessons are generally provided in the mornings Monday to Friday, with some lessons being 30 minutes and the higher levels consisting of 45 minute lessons. We limit the size of the classes to make sure that all kids are being provided enough attention from the lifeguard. Private lessons for children with special needs may also be available subject to availability and additional cost.
The Water Safety instructors use performance criteria on the instructor worksheets to determine the minimum standards for each item in the level, while targeting feedback and practice opportunities to the learning needs of each swimmer.
We will also set a date before lessons begin after the pool opens where parents can bring their kids for a swimming assessment to determine their appropriate swim level for lessons.
*Note we do plan to run Red Cross Swim lessons again during the summer of 2021, but it will depend on the Health Unit recommendations.
Lessons can be included in the membership option selected or are also available to non members at a price of $75/session/child. Private lessons $125/session.