Swim & Lifesaving Instructor
Prerequisites: 16 years old and Bronze Cross or higher
The Lifesaving Swim Instructor Course focuses on preparing the instructor to teach and evaluate basic movement and swimming skills, strokes and fitness. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching and acquire proven teaching methods, a variety of skill and stroke development drills and corrections techniques. Lifesaving Swim Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate the parent and tot, preschool and swimmer levels.
Lifesaving Instructors/Examiners are trained to teach and evaluate the three Canadian Swim Patrol Program awards, as well as the Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, and Distinction certifications. Instructor/Examiner candidates are trained in aspects of learning as well as various approaches required to teach water rescue, first aid and related aquatic skills in the Canadian Lifesaving Program. Candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation.
The Lifesaving Instructor/Examiner certification is the prerequisite for all other Lifesaving Society instructor certifications. Certification in Alberta and Northwest Territories includes Advanced Instructor, Examination Standards Clinic, and Lifesaving CPR Instructor/Examiner certifications.
Swim & Lifesaving Instructor Recertification
The Swim/Lifesaving Instructor Recertification Course evaluates instructor skills, provides instructors with updates from the Lifesaving Society, will be an opportunity for instructors to give feedback to the Lifesaving Society and is the required component for lifesaving instructor and swim instructor recertification. There is an in-water portion.
Note: Lifesaving Instructors and Lifesaving Swim Instructors can attend this recertification. It also automatically recertifies your Lifesaving CPR Instructor Award, and any Lifesaving Education and Proficiency awards you hold.
I Can Swim Instructor Upgrade
For candidates with a current Instructor Award, the I Can Swim Upgrade course provides candidates with the I Can Swim philosophy, theory and teaching methods necessary to plan and deliver I Can Swim lessons in accordance with I Can Swim and NCCP standards.
Prerequisites: 15 years+, Current NCCP, WSI, LSI or YMCA Instructor award, and Current Bronze Cross or NL Award.