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2017 March Break Daycamps!

All of our March Break Daycamps include a five days of camp, a full session of Lifesaving Society Swimming Lessons, and lunch provided on Friday. Campers can add an optional meal plan for the entire week.

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Daily Drop-In

$35

Per Day
  • One Day of Camp
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Swimming Every Day

Optional: Meal Plan

$38

Per Week
  • Two Snacks Per Day
  • Subway(Monday-Thursday)
  • Pizza on Friday

Spring 2017 Swimming Lessons

Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun and learn and socialize. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.

We’ve organized the content of each level like this:

  • Entries and exits
  • Surface support
  • Underwater skills
  • Swim to Survive® skills
  • Movement / Swimming skills
  • Fitness
  • Water Smart® education

As an integral part of the Swim for Life® Program, Water Smart education provides information and experiences that helps participants make smart decisions when in, on and around water and ice.

Because activities and progressions are based on child development, parents register in the level appropriate for their child’s age.


PARENT & TOT 1, 2, 3

Parent & Tot 1: Designed for the 4 to 12-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.
Parent & Tot 2: Designed for the 12 to 24-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.
Parent & Tot 3: Designed for the 2 to 3-year-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep.

In our basic aquatic progressions we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

We’ve organized the content of each level like this:

  • Entries and exits
  • Surface support
  • Underwater skills
  • Swim to Survive® skills
  • Movement / Swimming skills
  • Fitness
  • Water Smart® education

As an integral part of the Swim for Life® program, Water Smart education provides information and experiences that helps participants make smart decisions when in, on and around water and ice.


PRESCHOOL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Preschool 1: We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves (thank you very much). These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We’ll help them jump into chest deep water. They’ll float and glide on their front and back and learn to get their faces wet and blow bubbles underwater.

Preschool 2: These preschoolers learn to jump into chest-deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a lifejacket. They’ll submerge and exhale underwater. Wearing a lifejacket they’ll glide on their front and back.
Preschool 3: These youngsters will try both jumping and a sideways entry into deep water while wearing a lifejacket. They’ll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They’ll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.

Preschool 4: Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They’ll do sideways entries and open their eyes underwater. They’ll master a short swim on their front wearing a lifejacket and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5: These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a lifejacket and treading water for 10 sec. They’ll work on front and back crawl swims for 5 m, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.

 

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics.

We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Water Smart® education in all levels.
We’ve organized the content of each level like this:
  • Entries and exits
  • Surface support
  • Underwater skills
  • Swim to Survive® skills
  • Movement / Swimming skills
  • Fitness

Water Smart® educationAs an integral part of the Swim for Life® program, Water Smart education provides information and experiences that helps participants make smart decisions when in, on and around water and ice.


SWIMMER 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Swimmer 1: These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2: These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).

Swimmer 3: These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They’ll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.

Swimmer 4: These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5: These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6: These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They’ll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they’ll complain about the 300 m workout.

Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS, and treatment for bleeding. Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.

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  1. Swim 25 m or yd. head-up front crawl or breaststroke.
  2. Demonstrate ready position with a stationary scull for 30 sec.
  3. Carry a 2.3 kg (5 lb.) object 15 m or yd. using swimmer’s choice of lifesaving kick.
  4. Demonstrate a foot-first and a head-first surface dive to a maximum depth of 2 m.
  5. Demonstrate 25 m or yd. legs-only using swimmer’s choice of lifesaving kick.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to inflate 2 items of clothing and use as a buoyant assist.
  7. Swim 25 m or yd. using any stroke. Demonstrate the ability to swim under an obstacle
    located at the halfway point.
  8. Swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke (50 m or yd. each).
  9. Complete a 350 m or yd. workout on 3 different occasions throughout the training course. Warm-up: 100 m or yd.; Work set: 6 x 25 m or yd. any stroke on 60 sec.; Cool down: 100 m or yd.
  10. Swim 100 m in 3 min. or better (100 yd. in 2:40 min.) using any stroke or any combination of strokes of the swimmer’s choice.
  11. Demonstrate primary assessment of a conscious and cooperative victim who describes his or her chief complaint and how injury occurred.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to recognize when to call EMS and how to do it.
  13. Demonstrate primary assessment and appropriate care for a victim with external bleeding.
  14. Look at the aquatic facility for 10-15 seconds.  Turn and describe what you saw.
  15. a) Demonstrate ability to simulate in the water the appearance of a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer. b) Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and non-swimmer.
  16. From a standing position on land, throw a buoyant aid with line to hit a target on the surface of the water as many times as possible within 30 sec.

Ranger Patrol features development of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 75 m each, a 100 m lifesaving medley and timed 200 m swims.

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  1. Demonstrate 1 forward AND 1 backward somersault in the water as a continuous sequence.
  2. Stride entry and swim 25 m or yd. head-up front crawl or breaststroke. Assume ready position.
  3. Demonstrate 25 m or yd. eggbeater kick on back.
  4. Support a 2.3 kg (5 lb.) object for at least 1 minute in deep water.
  5. Head-up approach into surface dive to a maximum depth of 2 m. Swim underwater for at least 2-3 m or yd.
    to recover a small object. Surface and carry object to starting point.
  6. Demonstrate an assisted removal of a conscious victim.
  7. Swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke (75 m or yd. each).
  8. Swim a 100 m or yd. individual medley as follows: 25 m or yd. each of lifesaving kick, back crawl, breaststroke, front crawl.
  9. Swim 200 m in 6 minutes or better (200 yd. in 5:20 min.) using any stroke or combination of strokes of the swimmer’s choice.
  10. Demonstrate a primary assessment including hazards and ABCs on an unconscious, breathing victim.
  11. Demonstrate emergency care for a victim in shock.
  12. Simulate the appearance and treatment of a conscious adult or child victim with an obstructed airway.
  13. a) Demonstrate ability to simulate in the water the appearance of a weak swimmer, a non-swimmer and an unconscious victim. b) Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and non-swimmer, and to recognize the unconscious victim. c) Demonstrate the ability to recognize and avoid victims who present a danger to the rescuer.
  14. Perform a non-contact rescue using a buoyant aid. Approach 20 m or yd. and encourage victim to safety while maintaining a safe distance and calling for assistance. Rescuer performs appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.

 

Star Patrol demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills; further refine front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 100 m each; and complete 600 m workouts and 300 m timed swims.

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  1. Demonstrate AT LEAST TWO different entries with different aids.
  2. Entry with aid and swim 25 m or yd. head-up front crawl or breaststroke. Assume ready position and demonstrate ability to scull forward, backward and turn.
  3. Demonstrate defence methods from the front, side and rear.
  4. Demonstrate eggbeater kick showing ability to travel, change direction and height levels.
  5. Carry a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object 25 m or yd. using swimmer’s choice of lifesaving kick.
  6. Demonstrate the removal of an unconscious victim with the assistance of an untrained bystander.
  7. Head-up approach into head-first surface dive to a maximum depth of 2 m. Swim underwater for 5-10 m or yd. and surface.
    Foot-first surface dive (maximum depth 2 m), recover an object and return it to the starting point.
  8. Demonstrate in shallow water, the ability to turn a victim face-up and support the face above the surface.
  9. Swim front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke (100 m or yd. each).
  10. Complete a 600 m or yd. workout at least 3 times during the training course. Warm-up: 25 m or yd. lifesaving kick, and 50 m or yd. each of back crawl, breaststroke, front crawl; Stroke drills: 5 x 25 m or yd.; Work set:  4 x 50 m or yd. on 90 sec.; Cool down: 100 m or yd.
  11. Swim 300 m in 9 minutes or better (300 yd. in 8:00 min.) using any stroke or combination of strokes of the swimmer’s choice.
  12. Demonstrate the recognition and care of a bone or joint injury.
  13. Demonstrate the recognition and care of a victim suffering respiratory distress from asthma or a severe allergic reaction.
  14. From 3 different heights or positions, locate and describe an object located on the bottom or below the surface.
  15. Perform a rescue of a weak swimmer or non-swimmer with a towing aid. Swim approach 20 m or yd. and tow victim to safety showing ability to avoid contact. Rescuer performs appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.

 

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2016 Summer Daycamps

Our Mission
To create an unforgettable summer experience for parents, campers & staff.

Our Staff
Our staff are energetic individuals with experience in recreation and children’s programming. All of our staff are trained in First Aid & CPR, have completed our comprehensive training program, completed a criminal record check & vulnerable sector check & participated in the HIGH FIVE: Principles of Healthy Childhood Development certification program. With all this knowledge, skills & desire to have an unforgettable summer our staff is second to none.

Drop-Off & Pick Up
Drop-off can occur as early as 7:30 am, and pick-up as late as 5:30 pm. Regular programming runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Before and after our regular programming children participate in low-impact activities. There is no additional charge for early drop-offs and pick-ups – we know you are busy and have a hectic schedule, we’re just here to help make it a little easier on parents.

Meal Plan
Our lunch program is offered in partnership with Subway that is conveniently located within our centre. Lunch orders are available for full-week participants and we provide pizza every Friday for lunch. Meal Plans may be purchased in advance or on the Monday of each week of camp.

Swimming Lessons
Swimming Lessons are included with all of our full-week camps and our two-week JOC & Boating camps. At the time of registration you will be asked to indicate the swimming lesson level you would like your child placed in. If you are unsure, you can select “Please Assess” and our Lesson Supervisor will assess your child and place them in an appropriate level.

Pricing
Pricing for all one week camps is $150 including HST. Half-day JOC & Boating camps (2-weeks) is $150 including HST, whereas the full-day JOC & Boating camps (2-weeks) are $300 including HST.

Payment Plans
You told us and we listened! To make things easier for parents we have custom payment plans available for any participant who is attending more than two weeks of camp throughout the summer. All camps must be paid for before the start date of the camp. Custom payment plans can be setup by contacting Shanahan Gardiner (shanahan@bellaliantcentre.ca).

Cancellation Policy
The standard cancellation policy will apply to all daycamp programs, including single day drop-ins. A $15.00 administration fee is retained from all cancelled programs after the time of registration. Cancellations made before the start date will be issued a refund for the registration fee minus the administration fee. All cancellations after the start date (first day, regardless of the start time) will be issued a prorated credit (valid for all open swims, programs, services etc.).

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Wonderful World of Disney

July 04 – July 08
From Flubber to Lightin’ McQueen – all your favorite Disney characters are going to be making an appearance this week.

A Bugs Life

July 11 – July 15
We’re going to explore the world from a bug’s perspective.   This week it’s all about slugs & bugs!

Capes & Castles

July 18 – July 22
Don your capes & get ready to go back to medieval times.  We’ll raise our flag from the top of BAC Castle and protect our fortress!

Little Scientists

July 25 – July 29
Create your own bubbles, mix magic potions from household ingredients, make a milk rainbow, and more!

Wizards & Wands

Aug 01 – Aug 05
Abra-Kadabra-Wishidy-Wash, get ready for a jam packed week of Wizards & Wands.  We might not be able to pull a rabbit out of a top hat, but you’ll be able to do lots of other amazing magic tricks after this week.

Junior Spies

Aug 08 – Aug 12
Dream of being a Junior Spy? Here is your chance! Come join us in saving the Bell Aliant Centre from mystery villains and earn your very own Junior Spy badge!

Minions in Training

Aug 15 – Aug 19
We’re going to become a group of impulsive creatures with little self-control this week – no matter if you have one eye or two. Get ready to me mischievous!

Construction Zone

Aug 22 – Aug 26
Bob the Builder style – this week we’re going to be “Under Construction” and building our own miniature city from the ground up.

Mystery Week

Aug 29 – Sept 02
This is our best kept secret – it’s mystery week.  You won’t find out until Monday morning what we have in store for you this week!

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Art Attack

July 04 – July 08
Let your imagination run wild and your creativity flow! A journey of exploration through colours, paints, sculptures, mosaics, and much more! Don’t miss our giant art attack projects either!

Big Time Colouring

July 11 – July 15
We’ll be doing some big time colouring this week. Using complex & unique colouring books and pages we’re going to bring the page alive with a splash of colour!

Extreme Art

July 18 – July 22
What’s extreme art? Anything and everything to show your creative side! Bubbles, stencils, paint & chalk – we’re going to make some crazy projects this week!

Unusual Crafts

July 25 – July 29
We’re going to think outside the box this week and create some unusual crafts. Using regular old supplies we’re going to create something unique to remember this week by!

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Mermaid College

July 04 – July 08
It’s a dream come true! Become a mermaid for the week! We’ll have mermaid training tails and we’ll be working to be some of the finest Mermaids & Mermen in PEI!

Underwater Hockey

July 11 – July 15
Get ready to shoot, pass & score! You’ll be learning underwater hockey skills & playing exhibition games each day!

Junior Lifeguard

July 18 – July 22
Learn from the best. The Lifesaving Society of Canada has been training lifeguards in Canada for more than 50 years!

Above the Surface

July 25 – July 29
We’ll be playing sports – but all on the surface of the water. Volleyball, basketball – you name it we’ll try it. Get ready for a splashing good time!

Waterpolo

Aug 01 – Aug 05
Using the ‘I Love Water polo’ program from Water Polo Canada, participants will learn the fundamentals of water polo and compete in exhibition games each day.

Junior Lifeguard

Aug 08 – Aug 12
Learn from the best. The Lifesaving Society of Canada has been training lifeguards in Canada for more than 50 years!

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All Sports

July 04 – July 08
Aug 08 – Aug 12

Do you love sports? Then this camp is for you! We will be playing a multitude of sports to keep you having fun all day long! Baseball, Football, Soccer, you name it – we’ll probably play it!

Surf & Turf

July 11-July 15
We’ll be playing water sports & turf sports all week long!

Hockey 101

July 18 – July 22
Instead of playing on ice, we’re going to play it everywhere else! Underwater hockey, floor hockey & road hockey! Get ready for some stick-and-puck!

FizEd

July 25 – July 29
Remember all those fun games you played in Phys Ed class – well we’re bringing them back! Bench ball, wall ball, 4-square… and much more!

Multisport Madness

Aug 01 – Aug 05
Aug 29 – Sept 02
How many sports can we jam into one week at camp? Challenge accepted. We’re going to do as many sports as possible including some unique sports you may have never even heard of!

Campers Choice

Aug 15 – Aug 19
This week it’s up to the campers. We’re going to throw all your favourite sports in a hat and draw a new one out for each activity block!

Tri101

Aug 22 – Aug 26
Offered in partnership with Triathlon PEI this camp is geared towards children 8+ who are interested in swimming, running & biking. Participants will be required to bring a bike for this camp.

Let’s Go Lego

July 04 – July 08
Who doesn’t love LEGO©? This week we’re going to be learning to work effectively as part of a team and build some amazing LEGO© structures! After we have the basics covered we will compete to see who can make the ultimate LEGO© creation! Ages 6+

Robotics

July 11 – July 15
July 25 – July 29
This week we’re going to be creating and programming our very own robots! Using a robotics invention system, you will participate in challenges to create the best robot that can overcome the challenge! Get ready to be creative! Ages 8+

Journalism

July 18 – July 22
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! In this camp we will be writing news stories, doing interviews and publishing our very own BAC Newspaper!

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Wilderness

Aug 01 – Aug 05
The wilderness is our playground this week!  We’re going to learn about nature, make some crafts from natural supplies found in the forest & learn about survival skills!

Discover

Aug 08 – Aug 12
Get in touch with your adventurous side with scavenger hunts, hiking and learning more about nature!

Explore

Aug 15 – Aug 19
We’re going to pick-it up a notch this week with capture the flag, obstacle courses and more- and of course it’s all outdoors!

Navigate

Aug 22 – Aug 26
Learn about orienteering, GEO-CACHING, and more! Learn the skills to navigate yourself in the outdoors while having fun & keeping active!

Investigate

Aug 29 – Sept 02
If it’s in the air, underwater or on earth we’re going to learn more about it! Get ready to investigate everything & anything outdoors

Junior Outdoors Club (Ages 5-8)

Our two-week outdoors program is delivered in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross.  This camp includes the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program (swim lessons) and the Junior Outdoors Club program. Campers can participate in the half-day program from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or join in our fun, active & exciting Daycamp program in the afternoons!

After participating in swimming lessons, campers are bussed to Pondside Park in Stratford to participate in the Jr. Outdoors Club portion of the camp.  Campers typically return to CARI by 12:00 pm.

 

Boating (Ages 9+)

Our two-week boating program is delivered in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross. This camp includes the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program (swim lessons) and the Canadian Red Cross Boating program. Campers can participate in the half day program from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or join in our fun, active & exciting day camp program in the afternoons! After participating in swimming lessons, campers are bussed to Pondside Park in Stratford to participate in the boating portion of the camp. Campers typically return to CARI by 12:00 pm.

Session dates:

Session #1: July 04 – July 15

Session #2: July 18 – July 29

Session #3: Aug 01 – Aug 12

Session #4: Aug 15 – Aug 26

*Both full-day and half-day options are available for all sessions listed above.

Are you ready to become a leader and gain valuable experience in the recreation industry? Join our Junior Counsellor program! This is a 4-week program for youth 12+ years of age that includes a chance to obtain the Lifesaving Society Bronze Star award, learn First Aid & CPR skills and build a resume! At the end you will receive a reference letter & a certificate of completion. Sessions start July 04 & Aug 01. Limited spaces are available for this program.

Cost: $420.00 per session

Recreation Programs

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OUR WINTER/SPRING PROGRAMMING
INCLUDES SOME OLD FAVOURITES

LIKE PARENTS NIGHT OFF AND SOME
GREAT NEW PROGRAMS
INCLUDING MERMAID COLLEGE AND BRICKS 4 KIDS

REGISTER TODAY IN PERSON AT OUR CONTROL &
INFORMATION DESK OR ONLINE.

Parent’s Night Off
Errands to run? Going out for supper? Or maybe you just need a night off to relax. Sign your child up for our Parent’s night off program. Drop off begins as early as 5:30pm and pick-up as late as 9:30pm. Children will participate in fun, active & exciting activities, go for a swim, & watch a movie to finish off the evening. Popcorn and juice are provided during the movie. Ages 5-12.

Upcoming Programs: January 22, 2016; February 05, 2016; February 19, 2016: March 4, 2016; April 01, 2016; April 15, 2016; April 29, 2016.

Mermaid College
Level 1:
Dreams do come true! Learn to become a mermaid or mermen with the Bell Aliant Centre’s Mermaid College! Participants will be introduced to mermaid-ing by learning to swim with their tails using a PFD and practicing essential swimming skills.

Prerequisites: 6 years of Age.

Level 2:
Calling all Mermaid and Mermen! Participants in Mermaid Level 2 will further develop their dolphin kick (15m) and even learn to do mermaid handstands and somersaults.

Prerequisites: 6 years old and ability to comfortably swim 10 m.

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Welcome to the Bell Aliant Centre Triathlon Program

The Bell Aliant Centre Triathlon Club offers programs to help meet the needs of the growing Charlottetown triathlon community.

We offer a great Age Grouper program for Sprint (beginners) to iron distance (experienced)
interested in improving their skills.

2016 Training Schedule Coming Soon!

Training Schedule Coming Soon

Leadership

You’re an adolescent of 11 years old or older and you’ve decided to become a babysitter; are you prepared for this important responsibility?  For example,  do you know how to:
-Feed a baby or change a diaper?
-Prepare a simple meal?
-Play games with children of all ages?
-Prevent injuries and keep children safe?
-Handle an emergency if one happens?
A good babysitter knows all of these things and more.  Learning them can be easy and fun with the Babysitting Course.

Upcoming Courses: February 26, March 11, April 15, May 6

Bronze Star (10-12 hr.): excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-sl_bronzestarmedalmaking skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Includes a timed 400 m swim.

Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate all items and certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Star medal, Bronze Star Award crest, certification card.


  1. In deep water, demonstrate deep and shallow head- and foot-first entries from a height (max. 1 m).
  2. Backward roll entry wearing shirt and long pants. Swim 10-15 m or yd. remove and inflate pants. Form a huddle for 1 min. with 2 or more others.
  3. Demonstrate ability to recover an unconscious victim from deep water to the surface & carry to nearest point of safety.
  4. Demonstrate a 5 m head-up approach into a head-first surface dive to retrieve object from a depth between 2 and 3 m or yd. Surface with object and eggbeater kick 5 m or yd. to start point.
  5. Demonstrate a 25 m or yd. head-up approach into a foot-first surface dive to retrieve a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object (maximum depth 2 m). Carry object to point of entry. Exit water and demonstrate rescue breathing on a manikin.
  6. In deep water, support self for 3 minutes during which support a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object for 1 minute.
  7. Wearing a shoulder loop and line, swim a 100m individual medley in 3 min. or less (100 yd. in 2:40 min.) as follows: 25 m or yd. each of lifesaving kick, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.
  8. Swim 400 m in 12 min. or better (400 yd. in 10:45 min.) using freestyle or any combination of strokes of the swimmer’s choice.
  9. Demonstrate ability to find and count pulse and respiration rates on a partner. Demonstrate ability to find and count own pulse.
  10. Demonstrate single-rescuer CPR on a manikin.
  11. Demonstrate the immobilization of a possible spinal-injured breathing victim on land.
  12. a) Demonstrate ability to simulate in the water the appearance of a weak swimmer, a non-swimmer, an unconscious victim and an injured victim. b) Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer; and to recognize an unconscious and an injured victim.
  13. Demonstrate ability to perform and to recognize 3 different hand signals.
  14. Walk the perimeter of the aquatic facility to locate a submerged object within 30 sec.
  15. Search an area with both shallow and deep water (max. depth 2 m).
  16. With a partner, perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer or a victim with external bleeding. Assist victim to safety showing ability to avoid direct contact. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.
  17. Rescue an unconscious, non-breathing victim in deep water. Return with the victim to the beach, dock or poolside. Untrained bystanders assist in victim removal. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.

Bronze Medallion (18-20 hr.): teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue bronze-medaleducation – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence 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.

Bronze Medallion is recognized as the waterfront supervisory certification for Ontario’s Recreational Camp Regulation 568.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Medallion medal, Bronze Medallion Award crest, certification card.

Required reference material: Canadian Lifesaving Manual


  1. *Demonstrate accuracy in throwing buoyant aids. Throw a distance of 8 m placing the aid within 1 m of the centre of a target 3 times out of 4.
  2. *Simulate self-rescue techniques for the following circumstances:
    • Ice
    • Moving water
    • Swamped or capsized boat
  3. *Starting in the water, demonstrate 20 m or yd. head-up approach, surface dive to recover a submerged victim or manikin, and return to the starting point using a control carry to support and carry the victim.
  4. *Demonstrate 3 defences from the front, side, and rear and 3 releases from the front, side, and rear. Assume a ready position and communicate verbally after each defence or release.
  5. *Swim head-up 6 x 25 m or yd. maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Check your pulse after the last repeat.
  6. *Swim 500 m or 550 yd. in 15 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.
  7. *Demonstrate rescue breathing and one-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, including:
    • Adult and child victims
    • Complications in resuscitation (e.g. vomiting)
    • Adaptations (e.g. mouth-to-nose, stoma)
  8. *a) Simulate the treatment of a conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway. b) Simulate the treatment of an unconscious adult or child with an obstructed airway.
  9. Demonstrate the appropriate recognition and care of a victim suffering from the following circulatory emergencies:
    1. Shock
    2. Heart attack or angina
    3. External bleeding
    4. Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
    1. *Walk around an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing activities, and where appropriate, model safe aquatic leisure choices.
    2. Recover and immobilize a conscious breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury in shallow water. Demonstrate recovery and immobilization with both a face-up and a face-down victim. Recruit and direct bystanders to assist.
    3. *Perform a logical underwater search of a specified area to maximum depth of 3 m.
    4. Perform a non-contact rescue in an aquatic situation designed to emphasize a low-risk rescue, victim care, removals with bystander assistance, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
    5. Perform a rescue of a non-breathing victim located in deep water, 5 m from a point of safety. The situation involves an unsupervised environment and is designed to emphasize victim care, removals with bystander assistance, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
    6. Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, requiring a 20 m or yd. approach and 20 m or yd. return. The situation is designed to require either a contact or non-contact rescue with emphasis on victim recognition and appropriate care.

* Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item.

Bronze Cross (18-20 hr.): designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe sl_bronzecrossmedalsupervision 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.

Bronze Cross is recognized as an assistant lifeguard certificate in Ontario Regulation 565 governing public swimming pools.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certifications (need not be current).

Evaluation & certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates. The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Cross medal, Bronze Cross Award crest, certification card.

Required reference material: Canadian Lifesaving Manual


  1. *Starting on a deck, dock, or beach, demonstrate an entry and swim a 50 m or yd. head-up approach with a shoulder loop and line or rescue tube to a passive victim or manikin, and then tow the victim 50 m or yd. to safety.
  2. *Swim head-up for 2 sets of 6 x 25 m or yd. while maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Rest for 1 minute between sets. Check your pulse after the last repeat in each set.
  3. *Swim 600 m or 650 yd. in 18 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.
  4. *Demonstrate primary assessment of a conscious victim and an unconscious victim, including:
    • Level of consciousness
    • Airway
    • Breathing
    • Circulation
    • Major bleeding
    • Mechanism of injury

    Demonstrate secondary assessment of a victim, including:

    • Vital signs
    • Head-to-toe survey
    • History
  5. *Demonstrate rescue breathing and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin, including:
    • Adult, child, and infant victims
    • Complications in resuscitation (e.g. vomiting)
    • Adaptations (e.g. mouth-to-nose, stoma)
  6. *Demonstrate 2-rescuer adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin.
  7. *a) Simulate the treatment of a conscious adult or child with an obstructed airway. *b) On a manikin, demonstrate the treatment of a conscious infant with an obstructed airway. *c) Simulate the treatment of an unwitnessed unconscious adult, child, or infant with an unobstructed airway.
  8. *Demonstrate the care and treatment of a victim suffering from hypothermia.
    1. *Walk an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing activities, and demonstrate how to educate peers about safe aquatic leisure choices. Evaluate and correct, where appropriate, hazardous conditions in unsupervised areas.
    2. Recover and immobilize a face-down breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury found in deep water. Transport to shallow water. Recruit and direct a trained bystander to assist. Demonstrate the ability to manage vomiting while maintaining immobilization.
    3. *Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an area with both shallow and deep water to maximum depth of 3 metres.
    4. Perform a rescue involving 2 or more victims. One victim requires rescuer assistance, while the other victim(s) can follow directions for self-rescue and assist as bystanders once at the point of safety. The situation is designed to emphasize communication skills, victim care, removals, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
    5. Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing, and pulseless victim. The situation is designed to emphasize victim care, removal, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
    6. *Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a situation in which there are 2 rescuers. The rescue requires a 50 m or yd. approach and a 50 m or yd. return. The situation is designed to emphasize either contact or non-contact rescues, victim care, removals, and follow-up including contact with EMS.
    7. Perform a rescue of a victim suffering injuries or conditions in a situation that emphasizes rescuer response to deteriorating circumstances and requires the use of bystanders. The rescue requires a 20 m or yd. approach and a 20 m or yd. return.

 

* Asterisk indicates instructor-evaluated item.

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.

Prerequisites: 15 years of age & Bronze Cross

National Lifeguard certification is Canada’s professional lifeguard standard. National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment, and a mature and responsible attitude towards the lifeguard’s role. National Lifeguard 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.

The National Lifeguard training program is designed for lifesavers who wish to obtain a responsible job and leadership experience. Successful candidates are certified by the Lifesaving Society – Canada’s lifeguarding experts.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age, Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Workplace Standard First Aid incorporates all of 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. Includes CPR-C certification.
The first aid program is not restricted to aquatic candidates.

Upcoming Courses: January 23 & 24, February 20 & 21, March 12 & 13.

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