Be a Certified Lifeguard
Having the knowledge and ability to save lives just means that you’re educated and aware of how to perform aquatic rescue. To become a certified lifeguard, you will need to go through Lifesaving 1, 2, and 3; after that, Bronze Medallion and CPR Certification courses. You will be considered a certified lifeguard upon completion of Bronze Medallion. Should you wish to pursue an even higher level, you may consider Bronze Cross, Award with Merit, and/or Lifesaving Teacher.
The basic Life Saving Courses are extremely helpful to those that want to feel a little safer while swimming, and also for those who wish to be certified lifeguards and go on a mission of guarding and saving lives. Whichever the case is for you, the following short descriptions explain the basics of what each of the courses offer:
Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3
This stage is suitable for students who are new to swimming. The focus of the class is on basic water skills, basic strokes, and deep water orientation. The foundation for learning is set with the basics of water safety and land-based non-contact rescue.
- Build up your water confidence.
- Basic water skills like floating, submerging, breathing techniques, Reaching Rescue, Buoyant Aid Rescue, and Wade Rescue.
- Swim a basic stroke, eg. Freestyle or Breaststroke. You’ll be able to comfortably swim 100 meters to pass the exam.
- Introduction to basic CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation.
- Rescue in emergency situations, with uncooperative casualties, tow rescue, and rope rescue.
- Swim a recognized stroke for 150 meters comfortably.
- Tread water without using your arms, scull water with arms only, the Ready Position, and rescue an unconscious casualty (breathing and non-breathing).
- Emergency rescue, underwater recovery, defensive and release techniques, and fully-clothed emergency rescue.
- Swim 200 meters in two recognized strokes.
Bronze Medallion & CPR
Pre-requisite: Lifesaving 1,2,3 Students must be able to swim at least 200 meters in two recognized strokes. In this class, you will gain proficiency in the following skill set:* Land and water-based rescue and rescue fitness.
- Contact tow, rescue aftercare, CPR, and rescuing a submerged casualty.
- Swim 400 meters in at least 3 recognized strokes.