Advanced Courses

    Bronze Medallion

    • Rescuers learn advanced lifesaving techniques for challenging rescues of increased risk, involving conscious and unconscious victims in varying water depths. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in timed swims (400 m) and fitness training skills, as well as performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies.
    • Candidates are taught an understanding of the lifesaving principals embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skills and fitness.
    • Prerequisite(s): Bronze Star (need not be current) or minimum 13 years old at the time of the exam.

    Bronze Cross

    • Rescuers learn advanced lifesaving techniques for challenging rescues of increased risk, involving conscious and unconscious victims in varying water depths. Participants develop stroke efficiency and endurance in timed swims (400 m) and fitness training skills, as well as performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies.
    • Candidates are taught an understanding of the lifesaving principals embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skills and fitness.
    • Prerequisite(s): Bronze Medallion (need not be current) and current Alberta workplace approved Standard First Aid CPR-C/AED.

    National Lifeguard

    • Candidates develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principals, good judgement and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard's role. This training 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 m sprint challenge, 50 m rescue drill and 400 m endurance challenge.
    • Prerequisite(s): Bronze Cross (need not be current), current Alberta workplace approved Standard Firts Aid CPR-C/AED, and must be a minimum of 16 years old at the time of the exam.

    National Lifeguard Recertification

    • National Lifeguard is a vocational training award. Certified National Lifeguards should be familiar with the Code of Conduct in th Policies and Procedures. Certification is based on the ability to meet the purpose statements and ALL performance criteria (Must Sees). With practice and review, the National Lifeguard recertification is achievable by everyone. Candidates are encouraged to practice skills and review knowledge to prepare for the recertification course. Ongoing training and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness is important to being able to lifeguard effectively.
    • Until December 31st, 2022 Red Cross certified Lifeguards can transfer to Lifesaving Society National Lifeguards via the NL recertification course. Must bring their Red Cross Lifeguard Certification to the class.

    Standard First Aid & Standard First Aid Recertification

    • (12+) Blended online/in-person (recertification is one 8 hour day) course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home.
    • Valid for 3 years
    • Includes CPR level C and AED training

    Water Safety Instructor

    • (15+) Prepares candidate 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 @ School, Red Cross Swim @ Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.

    Red Cross Babysitting

    • (11-14 yrs) The Red Cross Babysitting course covers everything from managing difficult behaviours to essential content on leadership and professional conduct as a babysitter. Babysitting promises to deepen and enhance the responsibility that older youth feel when caring for younger children. Provides direction when it comes to giving the appropriate care in the event of an emergency.

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